The workhorse ‘Alvarinho’, a wine that over-delivers in spades. Steel fermented and bottled, this is a clear, naked expression of the Avlarinho grape and its Melgaco terroir. Drink this now or wait for a few years. It can take some cellar time in stride, but honestly, it’s too delicious now to think of such patience! If you love new world Chardonnay WITHOUT OAK, Australian Semillon, fresher styled Viognier/Condrieu, or even the cousin wines from Galicia in Spain also made from Albarino (same grape) this is a wine you will love.
Soalheiro Alvarinho 2018: perfect, intense, elegant, but with body and volume. A Classic in the Soalheiro. Aromatic freshness of Alvarinho variety, flavor intensity and unusual bottle longevity.
2018 - Started in the first week of September, the 2018 harvest was expected to be very late due to a fresh wine year, but anticipated with the high temperatures of August, which resulted in a perfect harvest with the acidity and the flavor very well integrated into a pure and delicate fruit.
Melgaço, the most northern wine region of Portugal, is protected by the surrounding mountains that allow a perfect marriage between rainfall, temperature and the number of hours of sunshine needed for the better maturation of the Alvarinho grapes. This climate characteristic during ripening is frequently associated with the microclimate of Monção and Melgaço, where hot days alternate with cold nights, allowing for the maintenance of a fresh and fruity aromas with an acidity that is present but moderate, just the way we like it for the Soalheiro.
Vinification the grapes are harvested manually in boxes of small capacity and carried to the cellar in a short space of time. After the pressing and the before fermentation with controlled temperature, the must was decanted during 48 hours at low temperature. The objective of vinification is to obtain an Alvarinho Soalheiro that concentrates the quality of the grapes and that allows to a good evolution in the bottle. Fermentation is in steel tank, with a short aging period and then bottled.
Grape Variety Alvarinho
Tasting Notes - Lemon gold color, the intense and persistent aroma is classic Alvarinho from Soalheiro. Pronounced stone and fresher tropical fruit speckled with mineral notes. Ideal serving suggestions are as an aperitif or to accompany seafood dishes, fish or poultry dishes.