First taste: MAPA Douro Branco 2012, the younger sibling of Secretum
Last Wednesday I wrote up Secretum 2012, an outstanding (and unusual) single varietal Arinto from the Douro.
I’d not made the connection between Secretum and MAPA, another Douro white, until it was mentioned last week. They are made by the same winemakers and Público journalist Pedro Mário Batista Garcias has a hand in both. The Mapa is from his own vineyards. I’d tasted and tweeted about it last October. Garcias and his winemaking team are clearly names to watch. Here’s my tasting note:
MAPA Douro Branco 2012 (Douro)
This limited production wine (c. 1,700 bottles) is a skilfully crafted, textural blend of grapes from the granite and schist soils of (elevated) Muxagata, Foz Coa in the Douro Superior, also several varieties, predominantly Rabigato and Viosinho. Made by João Silva e Sousa and Francisco Batista it is unoaked and fermented on the lies with batonnage. It really tickled my taste buds with its contrapuntal sweet and sour juicy citrus and mineral-sluiced cooler prickly pear and melon fruit. Lovely minerality and rolling acidity make for a long finish. I reckon something of a bargain at around €9.00 in Garrafeira Tio Pepe in Oporto. 13.5%