Produced in the demarcated Vinho Verde region of Melgaço in northern Portugal, one of two special sub-regions where the Alvarinho grape can be cultivated.
It shows the typical varietal characters from this mountainous region, minerality, persistent acidity and exotic fruit – notes of…
100% Alvarinho from the Melgaço region
Hand picked into plastic crates
Bunch sorted prior to destemming and crushing
48 hr cold settling Fermentation
3 week fermentation with added yeast at 13-15°C
4 months ageing on light lees before cold stabilization and bottling in April 2012
Alcohol: 13.1% pH: 3.3
Wine Tasting Notes
Bright, crystal clear, light/green pale straw colour
White stone fruit aromas of peach and apricot with hints of tangerine peel, enhanced by mineral complexity. Extended time on lees giving some palate richness. Focused acidity leading to a persistent finish
Howard's Folly Alvarinho 2010, Portugal
By Wine Writer Tom Cannavan.
The Howard in question is an English businessman Howard Bilton, who has partnered winemaker David Baverstock (of Portugal's Esporão winery)…