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Wine from Vinho Verde

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Wine from Vinho Verde

Vinho Verde is one of the sexiest regions for wine in Portugal, and it is easy to see why. Originating the far north of Portugal, Vinho Verde is classified as a modern day region that was designated in 1908. Vinho Verde also includes the old Minho province. Contrary to popular belief, Vinho Verde is not a varietal.

The name translates to, “Green Wine,” but actually means, “Young Wine,” instead of mature wine. Green wine regardless of its color, is meant to be enjoyed within one year of bottling. In 2005, there were more than 30,000 growers in the region.

The growers train the grape vines to produce and grow up fences, above ground, up trees and incredibly, even up telephone poles. This is done so that the families of the growers can use the soil for fruit and vegetable crops as the majority of the growers are also part time farmers. The climate is humid and cool compared to the dry and hot climates in the Douro Valley and central Portugal.

Since the 17th century, wines from Vinho Verde DOC have been exported to Britain. The Romans expanded and promoted viticulture in the Lusitania province. Wines were produced for export as well as local consumption.

 

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Lima Vinho Verde Rose 2019


Lima Vinho Verde Rose is made from 75% Souzao, 15% Borraçal and 10% Espadeiro.

It is a blend of 75% Souzao (same as Vinhao), 15% Borraçal (which is also known as Caino Tinto) and 10% Espadeiro:

Souzão (or Sousão or Vinhão) is a Portuguese wine grape that is used in the production of port wine. While originating in the Minho regions, it is used primarily in Australia, California and South Africa. In Portugal, it is also an authorized planting in the Douro, and Dão-Lafões area (Vinho do Dão). The grape is known for the deep color it produces in a wine as well as its coarse and raisiny taste.

Caiño tinto (also known as Borraçal) is a red Galician wine grape variety that is also grown in Portugal's Vinho Verde wine region where it is known as Borraçal. In Spain, it is a permitted variety in the Denominación de Origens (DOs) of Rías Baixas and Ribeiro where it produces highly perfumed wines with noticeable tartness and high acidity.

Espadeiro is a red Portuguese wine grape planted primarily in the Minho region for making Vinho Verde. It is also grown across the border, in Spain, in Galicia where it is used to make light bodied wines.

Reguengo de Melgaco Vinho Verde 2018

Fresh with an intense fruity character. Very mineral wine with notes of apple, plums, peach, combined with a still dominant citric profile. Magnificent volume with an elegant and delicious unctuousness. Fantastic finish, long and aromatic. Very good balance between acidity and dryness/sweetness although the wine almost doesn’t have residual sugar.

Alcohol content: 12.5 % Vol.
pH: 3,41
Total Acidity: 6 g/L tartaric acid
Volatile Acidity: 0,36 g/L acetic acid

Average age of the vines is 20 years old, all planted on alluvium (stream deposit) consisting in gravelly and sandy soils.

Grapes were transported to the winery immediately after the harvest in small size boxes. They were smoothly pressed before fermentation in stainless-steel tanks, with temperature control. Selected yeasts were added for the fermentation.

Fish and seafood are strongly associated to the white wine consumption. With Reguengo de Melgaço Alvarinho wines it’s not different. They usually make wonderful pairings with fish and seafood main courses.
However, other pairings are also recommended.
Salads, fruit, white meats, are also great companions for Reguengo de Melgaço Alvarinhos. The volume, attack and intense flavour of these wines allow even more unconventional pairings for white wine, such as heavier meat plates.

 


Review:

"The 2015 Alvarinho is dry and comes in at 13% alcohol. This is nicely structured, but it is most impressive for its expressive fruit. Ripe and delicious, with a solid mid-palate and crispness on the edges, this is a beautifully crafted Alvarinho. It should hold for several years, but it is hard to resist now. - Mark Squires"
- eRobertParker (Issue #225, June 2016), 90 pts

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