Soito, Dao White
A refreshing, elegant wine from the Encruzado variety, showing complex notes of lemon balm, orange blossom and juicy white fruits, with layers of citrus. Creamy, but beautifully balanced by a crisp finish. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks for three weeks; part of the must was then transferred to barrels where the fermentation and ageing took place. At the end of the fermentation a light bâtonnage was carried out, in the vats and barrels to impart texture.
Ideal with fish, seafood dishes and light white meat.
Established in 2013, Soito Wines is one of Dão’s youngest and most promising winemaker projects. Driven by their passion for Dão wines, two former teachers, José Carlos, and Sandra Soares, embarked on a mission to produce distinctive, characterful wines, which mirrored their passion for wine and captured the essence of the Dão terroir. The family estate of Quinta do Soito, is located in the Beira Alta, in northern central Portugal and has a history of winemaking which dates back over 100 years. Giving it a new lease of life, Jose, and Sandra focus on sustainable cultivation, following an ethos of social and environmental responsibility. Quinta do Soito is gaining traction as one of the region’s leading producers, where native Dão grape varieties are skilfully translated into award-winning wines in their state-of-the-art modern winery. The vineyards range from 200 to 700 metres above sea level and the soils are granite dominated sands, with particles of feldspar, quartz and mica which sparkle in the vineyards. They are lean, free-draining and relatively infertile soils, which force the vines to struggle, resulting in complex wines. The vines are cultivated sustainably and are pruned with the method tailored to control the vigour to ensure the best quality. The grapes are manually harvested.