The most serious of all of the Soalheiro whites. Made to drink now with some air, but even better with a little cellar time, this pleases both senses of pleasure and cerebral. Fermented in portions of steel and old chestnut barrels, the wine is aged in large neutral wood foudre. If you love great white Burgundy, Vouvray from the Loire, or northeastern Italian whites like Tocai this is your jam! This is my favorite wine they make and I buy a LOT of if personally for my own consumption. Drink now or aged for 10-15 years easy, it will evolve beautifully over the years.
The grapes are produced with the concept of organic viticulture and harvest by hand from the old vines with more than 40 years of age at Quinta de Soalheiro, the First Vines “Primeiras Vinhas”.
Currently in the blend also include a selection of Alvarinho grapes planted in Pie-franco (own rooted - not grafted like most vines). The microclimate that influences the production of Alvarinho grapes is very particular. The Melgaco region, the northernmost point of Portugal, is protected by a range of mountains that create the perfect conditions of rainfall, temperature and number of hours of sunshine needed to the better ripeness of the Alvarinho grapes.
The brand name – Soalheiro - arises from the excellent sun exposure of the vineyards bearing the same name - a sunny place.
Region Melgaço, Monção
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. Fermentation essentially takes place in stainless steel vats at a very low temperature (only 15% of the total volume ferments in used oak barrels), and the wine is then kept on its fine sediments until the beginning of May. Part of the wine is also aged in large oak casks.