An annual challenge for the winemakers to find two grape varieties from that harvest which, combined, show a well balanced wine with distinctive character and flavour.
Another drier than average winter, with low rainfall, was followed by an abnormally hot spring which brought forward the budburst. The hot, dry weather continued throughout spring and into summer, and allowed for good ripening conditions and healthy fruit, although vineyard irrigation was essential.
The hot weather in the early part of summer brought the vintage forward and picking started during the first week of august. The hot, dry weather continued throughout august and september, although there was no extreme heat, allowing for fully matured fruit, and relatively high alcohols. Yields in the vineyard were down generally by up to 20% and juice extraction in the winery was lower than normal. Whites tend to be fuller bodied than in recent years and reds more rich and concentrated.
Viosinho variety is planted in soils with granite/schist transition and a loamy texture.
Alvarinho is planted in soils with a loamy clay texture
Viosinho – 10 years old
Alvarinho – 8 years old
Moderate pressing in a pneumatic press, static must decantation, temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks at 14ºC, ageingon fine lees, filtration.
David Baverstock and Sandra Alves
Limpid, citrine colour
Predominance of citrus fruits, with some grapefruit and slightly floral hints
Fresh and creamy, slightly mineral, with a long and persistent finish
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