Granito Cru Alvarinho<< Previous wine Next wine >>
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?Rather than a single vineyard, this is a single soil Alvarinho, intended as a clear expression of terroir and place. Sustainably farmed vines and vinified using only spontaneous fermentation and indigenous yeasts. This way he removes all potential variability other than the soil type as an expression of terroir.
RATING HISTORY:2020 91 WA; 2018 93WS, 92WA; 2017 90WA; 2016 92WA, 90WS; 2015 94 D
GRAPE:100% Alvarinho (Albariño ). Sustainably grown vines planted in 1989. Tended in granite soil at 50-150 m (164-492 ft) elevation. This is a vegan wine.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:Raw or roasted oysters, shellfish, grilled whole snapper.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:The pressing of destemmed and crushed grapes was done with no added sulfur and without maceration. The wine was decanted cold for 48 hours. The fermentation and aging took place in two used, oval vats of 1000 liters and a new oval vat of 2000 liters, all made from Eastern European oak. Fermentation was carried out during 4 months with full malolactic. Total ageing in the barrels took 9 months in the presence of lees without stirring them.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:Vineyards located in Monçao e Melgaço in Vinho Verde, the birthplace of Alvarinho. Vinho Verde is located in the northwest of Portugal. There is a good deal more maritime influence here, lending acidity to the wines. Vines planted exclusively in granite soil at roughly 50-150 m (164-492 ft) elevation.
TASTING NOTES:Brilliant straw. On the nose, high toned and mineral driven aromas of lemon peel, green apple, lemongrass, and seashells. On the palate, impressive weight combined with laser-focused acidity. Incisive flavors of lemon, unripe peach, green apple, green mango are at the core, with focused and pervasive mineral notes.
UPC CODE:8437013189828/ 2015: 5600790052002
BOTTLE WEIGHT:1.1 lbs (.5kg)
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