The new AdegaMãe high-end wine, launched in an exclusive and limited edition of 3006 bottles and a discerning interpretation of the Atlantic terroir, was in the limelight at the Revista dos Vinhos awards. It won the “Best of Portugal” badge.
Torres Vedras, March 23rd 2016
The 2012 AdegaMãe Terroir, the new AdegaMãe high-end wine that was launched in late 2016, was in the limelight at the annual Revista dos Vinhos award ceremony. It was awarded the “Best of Portugal” badge and found its place among the greatest Portuguese wines.
With the new Terroir brand, AdegaMãe strives to create unique wines based on complexity, quality and on the process seen as a whole from the vineyard to the winery. These are signature wines, bottled in years of exceptional harvest — and these wines will only be launched in exceptional years. This one comes in an exclusive limited edition of just 3006 numbered bottles, highlighting its uniqueness.
“In 2012 we had a tremendous harvest. Thanks to a year that was less prone to extreme weather conditions, and decisively more balanced at the end of the cycle, the AdegaMãe vineyards evolved to perfect maturation, finding the basic conditions for the grapes to express their best virtues, specially when our goal was to find the most genuine expression of this Atlantic-influenced terroir» says winemaker Diogo Lopes.
“We selected the best plots, undertook a manual harvest and picked only the finest bunches. At the winery, we developed each variety in its own barrels, testing each type of wood accordingly. We kept track of how each variety evolved, selected the barrels that stood out and used them for the final blend” explains the winemaker. “We believe this to be an exceptional wine, a red wine that shows a quite uncommon trait: minerality. I’d say that one of the main features of this wine is its balance. Be it in regard to acidity or alcohol concentration, this wine never loses its balance” wraps up Diogo Lopes.
Grape varieties: Touriga Nacional and Merlot
Tasting notes: Quite complex. Shows notes of resin, mineral and black fruit. Vigorous on the palate, highly structured. Ripe and intense tannins. Finely matched with wood. Persistent, long finish.
Recommended price: 39 euros.
AdegaMãe is the result of an investment in a new business segment by the Riberalves Group, as well as a tribute to matriarch Manuela Alves on behalf of the Alves family. The concept of “Mãe” (mother) comes as an inspiration for a place of birth and creation; a place conceived to make the best from the best grapes and produce the best wines. Located in the Torres Vedras municipality, AdegaMãe shows a clear vocation for the production of unique wines due to its proximity to the sea and the influence of the Atlantic climate. AdegaMãe is also a wine tourism reference within the region. Its exclusive architecture and the variety of activities that take place around the vineyards and the wine itself make it stand out. As part of the Riberalves Group, the Dory brand (inspired by the dories, old boats used by the Portuguese to fish cod) represents the main range of its wines. Since its first harvest in 2010, AdegaMãe’s labor has been acknowledged both in the national and international market, channeling nearly 60% of sales volume to exports. In 2015 AdegaMãe won the Portuguese Wine Company of the Year award at the Revista dos Vinhos awards.