António Madeira - 'Grands Crus of the Dão highlands'

António Madeira - 'Grands Crus of the Dão highlands'

26th Mar 2021
- Joe Perry -

António Madeira made his first wine in 2011 from a 50 year old vineyard in Serra de Estrela, the highest mountain range in the Dão region of Portugal. French born with Portugese descent, António heritage runs deep in the Portugal's mountainous region. It was here that he fell in love with the energetic, delicate wines rich with minerality and decided to work with native varietals on old vines.

António farms all his vineyards organically, and works with many native Portugese grape varieties, making all his wines as a unique, true field blend. The region of Serra de Estrela is well known for it's granite soils and great sun exposure, making it home to the most complex and refined wines in the country. Surrounded by mountain ridges, the Dão region enjoys a unique microclimate protected by the warm winds and vineyards are planted at high altitudes.

One of the many things that makes António Madeira stand out is his winemaking inspiration. His work in both the vineyard and cellar replicates that of some of the greatest Burgundian producers: Henri Jayer, Anne-Claude Leflaive, Jules Chauvet, and Pierre Overnoy. He strives to express the terroir of small sites, working the vines with a horse and applying biodynamic farming principles to stimulate the life in the vines. 

The wines of António Madeira are truly special, encompassing the true potential of incredible old vine vineyards Dão
region and it's native varieties.

Antonio Madeira Dão Branco 2019

'Saline, pear and green melon, or something, but not overly fruity as such, plus a little white pepper/green chilli. Fleshy but fine, with a chalky feel, a little creaminess in with pear and apple, good balance and a stony and brine-laced finish. Very interesting. Different.' - 94 points. Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

Antonio Maderia Dão A Liberdade Branco 2019

Granite soils. 70% from 25 years old vineyard (Encruzado, Cerceal and Bical) and 30% from 80 years old vineyards (field blend of 20 native grape varieties)

Antonio Madeira Dão Vinhas Velhas Tinto 2017

'Dates, spice, violet, black fruit – a bit like a spicy fruit roll. Medium-bodied, chalky feel to the tannin, open-knit and pleasantly chompy, fresh and lively, despite the darker flavours, raspberry and spiced blood plum bob up on a long bright finish. A delightful and different red. Recommended.' - 94 points. Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

Antonio Madeira Dão A Palheira Tinto 2017

'Liquorice and flowers, ripe and inviting, stony and spicy, red and black fruits. Medium to full-bodied, fine glassy and mineral acidity and then a mass of shale-like tannin, ferrous and firm, cherry and raspberry, chalky open-knit tannin on a long finish. Distinctive. Beautiful wine. You could twist my arm for 96 points.' - 95 points. Gary Walsh, The Wine Front