What am I: What started as a thesis project for three friends attending enology school together has become one of the most exciting natural wine projects in Portugal. Vinhos Aparte brings a punk-rock/graffiti artist aesthetic to their winemaking, and it shows in their whimsical, fresh, fruity, and oh-so-funky wines. They may be grape-mad explorers in wine-based fun and craziness, but they are dead serious when it comes to making extraordinary wine.
Mike Tazem Branco is just as much of a “knockout” as the red was! Mike Tazem, obviously from the front and back labels, is a cheeky play on the Mike Tyson name, is called so because the grape, Encruzado, comes from the area of Tazem in Dão.
Full-bodied, this wine is also full of texture as it is completely unfiltered. The wine pours deeply cloudy in the glass, and that's exactly how the team intended it to be. Rough, tough, rustic, and unrefined, this wine really packs a punch to your palate. Fermented spontaneously in small vats, aged in used barrels, and there is zero sulfur added to this wine.
Region, Sub-region and/or DOC: Dão
Grape Varieties: Encruzado
Alcohol by volume: 11.5%