The new bottles reflect a return to the origins of Quinta do Ameal wines and the new labels are consistent and aligned with each wine’s value proposition, guaranteeing a clear hierarchy within the portfolio.
According to winemaker José Luís Moreira da Silva, these two wines aim to reflect the characteristics and origin of the Loureiro grape variety. They are highly distinct, featuring great ageing potential and revealing this varietal’s versatility: “We believe the Loureiro variety has a great experimentation and development potential. We want to carry on the project initiated by Pedro Araújo, making it stronger and bringing it closer to the public. These two wines reflect that intent and reveal the versatility and capacity of the Loureiro variety”.
The winter and fall of 2019 were extremely rainy, as was the beginning of spring, followed by a dryer period which enabled good grape development. Despite the initial pressure, the year did not present significant phytosanitary problems, and the grapes reached the winery in good condition and with the proper ripeness.
Ameal Loureiro 2019, this wine’s 20th vintage, demonstrates this variety’s capacity to produce wines with great quality and ageing potential. Presenting a clear yellow colour, this wine is vibrant, intense, and balanced with a refreshing acidity.
The North American publication Wine&Spirits attributed 93 points / best buy to Ameal Loureiro 2019. According to Joshua Greene, Ameal Loureiro 2019 starts off smelling like fresh green pears, when they are ripe and ready to fall from the tree. Then the mineral tones develop rock, flowers, and salt in a tense standoff, soothed by the round, generous texture of the wine. Irresistible while it is young, and affordable enough that it´s worth holding one or two bottles for next summer.
Ameal Solo Único 2019 Loureiro originates from a single plot and displays this grape variety’s capacity to produce wines with character, complexity, and ageing potential. Fermented and partially aged in a concrete egg. This Loureiro is unique and full of character. Presenting a light-yellow colour, it is dominated by a vibrant acidity with a long and persistent finish.