Sonhador Alvarinho 2012

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…

Harvest Information

  • 100% Alvarinho from the Melgaço region

Type

  • Hand picked into plastic crates

Crushing

  • Bunch sorted prior to destemming and crushing

48 hr cold settling Fermentation

  • 3 week fermentation with added yeast at 13-15°C

Ageing/Finishing

  • 4 months ageing on light lees before cold stabilization and bottling in April 2012

Wine Analysis

  • Alcohol: 13.1% pH: 3.3

Total acidity

  • 7.5 g/l

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

Serving Suggestion:

  • Ideal with shellfish or as a refreshing aperitif
  • Serving temperature 10-12°C

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Awards

Howard's Folly wins 2 bronzes and a silver at the HK based International Wine & Spirit Competition

Location

The Alentejo, located to the east of Lisbon, has become a leader of Portugal's renaissance for the production of premium wines.

General Enquiries

Sara Duarte Pifano da Costa Eiras
Rua da Repulica, 15
7470-109 Casa Branca
Tel: +351 927 497 549
sara@howardsfollywine.com