Bucelas Espumante Brut Nature
Tucked away in the chalky hills of Bucelas, Quinta Da Murta is located 25km North East of Lisbon, in the basin Lusitanica dating from the Upper Jurassic, lower Tithonian (Portlandian limestone identical to the Chablis region of France). The estate is fully biodynamic.
Hand harvested. Wild yeast fermented in small stainless steel tanks. Aged on lees in both stainless steel tanks and used french oak barrels with batonnage. Strict traditional “methode champenoise” with manual disgorgement elapsed after a period of 24 months “sur lie”. No dosage (no sugar added).
Salty and marine, this crisp brut nature wine sings of place: the briny Atlantic coast and calcareous-laced soils of Bucelas. Chalky throughout, with wild scrubby myrtle, lemon thistle, lemon pith, riffing sea salts and driving, shearing acidity. Twenty four months on the lees gives structure without heft; this is light, lean and riveting, vibrating on the finish, and drinking beautifully with fresh oysters.