Pêra-Manca represents the Eugénio de Almeida Foundation’s most exceptional wines. The whites are a blend of Antão Vaz and Arinto grape varieties, showing a citrus color and a fruity, persistent, delicate and complex aroma. On the palate they are soft, dry, complex and balanced.
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94 points Robert Parker
The 2017 Pêra-Manca Branco is a 55/45 blend of Arinto and Antão Vaz, aged for 12 months in 75% used French oak. It comes in at 13% alcohol. This is sourced from 30-year-old vines on granitic soil. A fine vintage for this brand, this Branco shows good concentration, notable power, freshness and some tension on the finish. The textured finish lingers nicely. The wine evolves and blossoms as it airs too, becoming more complex and pulling in some of the wood. It’s a beautiful food wine. It was terrific the next day, but it ideally needs time. To be sure, you can enjoy this now, but giving it another couple of years in the cellar would be a better idea. It still has upside potential, and it may improve with a couple of years of cellaring. It should age well, perhaps better than indicated, so there is no rush.
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