Vinho Verde, Portugal
A welcome return to a classic example of an aromatic Vinho Verde produced from a seamless blend of 5 local white grapes: Azal (50%), Loureiro (20%), Trajadura (20%), Pedernã 10%), Alvarinho (5%). Fermented using natural yeasts in stainless steel tanks. With an alcohol content of only 11.5 % this is a wonderfully refreshing natural wine, with an exceptional sappy, herbal and mineral backbone, coupled with lively green apple and citrus acidity. Dry and vibrant on the finish 'Mica' is brimful of genuine character. The slightest spritz in mouth enlivens the palate, creating a fine aperitif, or better still, a fabulous seafood partner.
VINIBIO is a collaborative project between four organic and biodynamic growers, led by Fernando Paiva, in the south of the Portugal's Vinho Verde region. Here the vineyards enjoy a slightly warmer sub-climate with vines drawing on mineral-rich soils of schist and granite. Driven by a passion for quality, authentic wine and their land as well as a desire for sustainability, their respect for nature and their consumers remains paramount.
The group combine their respective harvests in order to produce the best possible blended wines as well as producing a few wines as single estate Vinho Verde. The vineyards are located at an altitude of almost 300m in the Sousa and Tamega valleys. Here the granitic/schist soils, through their naturally high acidity, bring an intense mineral character to the finished wines. All grapes are hand-picked before being gently pressed and then fermented slowly at a low temperature using natural yeast. Low sulphur level at bottling. Certified organic by Ecocert.
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