A truly unique wine and a first for me in this kind if style for Alvarinho. I first tasted Terramatter on my visit and a few times since at home from my cellar. Terramatter is made from only organic Alvarinho grapes, fermented entirely in a concrete egg, is bottled unfiltered, and sees further aging in the larger, elongated chestnut barrels. The 2015 Terramatter has a slightly cloudy appearance. This is normal for a wine that is fermented on its skins in a concrete egg. It made little difference on the palate as the solids were very fine and well integrated. However, this is NOT an orange wine, this drinks just like a white wine.
Terramatter is a different kind of wine from the 'Natural Soalheiros' range, which means that it is unfiltered and produced from the Alvarinho grape variety, grown in a way that supports biodiversity.
This is a Soalheiro which can be interpreted at the same time as a return to its origins and as a view of the future. Intense in color, aromatically expressive and complex on the palate, it maintains its marked personality and distinctive profile. The wine’s partial malolactic fermentation in chestnut barrels and earlier harvesting are the fundamental factors underlying its personality. Soalheiro Terramatter 2017 is perfect harvest with an elegant and expressive profile. The climatic conditions of 2017 allowed a very intense and mineral aroma with a fresh and intense flavor.
Region Minho, Melgaço
Vinification The Alvarinho grapes are hand-harvested from the Quinta de Soalheiro vineyards, which are grown using winegrowing practices that support biodiversity and the viticultural ecosystem, and promote environmental sustainability.
A very unique microclimate influences the growth of these Alvarinho grapes. The Melgaco region, at the northernmost point of Portugal, is protected by a range of mountains which create the perfect rainfall, temperature and sunshine conditions needed for the ideal ripening of the Alvarinho grapes.