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Murgas Bucelas 2018

Murgas DOC Bucelas White is a wine of vitality and sapidity. Its notes of grilled white peach and beeswax are complemented by the vibrant minerality typical of Bucelas. Its lively character makes it a refreshing companion to a wide variety of fish and seafood, chicken and pork. Age-worthy, it can be enjoyed now through 2030.


The must ferments without inoculation in 80% INOX kept to 15 C, 20% in old 350L French oak. No Malo. The latter portion remains on fine lees for 9 months, with bâtonnage for the first 2 months. Once bottled, will rest for 12 months before release. Alcohol Content: 12.5%; Total Acidity: 6.0g/l; pH: 3.06

unopened, store horizontallyunopened, store horizontally
keeps until 2035
once openedonce opened
keeps 2-3 days
serving suggestionserving suggestion
5-6 oz. pour

About Murgas

Murgas is located in the rolling hills of Freixial, in the western part of the Bucelas DOC. Situated on a southwest-facing slope, its 12-hectare vineyard sits on limestone and marl soils, growing Arinto (9 hectares), Esgana Cão (1 hectare) and Touriga Franca (2 hectares). The oldest of these vines were planted more than 20 years ago near a bend in the river—a field named ‘Lavandera’ in reference to both its history as a family gathering place and for the songbird that is still found there today. Inspired by family tradition, current owner João Franca resumed vinification in 2017. Farming is organic (though not yet certified); the winemaker is Bernardo Cabral. Full details

About Bucelas DOC

The Bucelas region is located about 25 kilometers north of Lisbon, surrounded by mountains in the valley of the Trancão River. It benefits from a specific micro-climate: damp and cold in winter but temperate in summer, with hot and dry days and cooler nights. The oldest vineyards are found in the traditional ‘caeiras’, basins and rolling hills in the lower valleys. Here the soil is calcareous loam and crystalline limestone, where one finds fossils from the nearby Atlantic ocean. The white grape Arinto has grown in the region for centuries. Referenced by Shakespeare in Henry VI as ‘Charneco’, the wine was renowned in the English court, where it was also known as ‘Lisbon Hock’ and later as ‘Bucellas’. The region was fiercely contested during the Napoleonic invasions (1810s), and fortifications, the Lines of the Torres Vedras, still dot the landscape with stations and lookouts today. In the late 19th century, production and exports blossomed when João Camillo Alves brought renewed attention to Bucelas wines and its scenic vineyards. The demarcated region of Bucelas was created in 1911, encompassing specific localities: Bucelas, Charneca, Vila de Rei, Bemposta, Santo Aleixo, Vila Nova, Chamboeira and Freixial. Rules then and now require the wine to be principally of Arinto grapes, although a small portion of Esgana-Cão (Sercial) and Rabo de Ovelha is permitted. Recognized as the ‘Capital of Arinto’, Bucelas is the only demarcated region in Portugal that is strictly white wine. As red wine came to dominate the domestic market in Portugal, production of Bucelas wine declined. Today eight grower/producers remain. In recognition of its heritage, the region is included on the Wine Route of Bucelas, Carcavelos and Colares – the three historic wines from Lisbon.
SKU Vintage Region Origin Desc Cepage % Alc Size/Pack Finish BTL Barcode Cs Barcode Cs Wgt
HZ 6110-182018LisboaPTWhite WineArinto12.5%750/12cork56002500800021845678901001017.01 kg

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