Azevedo Alvarinho Reserva 2021
Azevedo Alvarinho Reserva
Clear and bright yellow in colour. On the nose the wine boasts intense aromas of nectarine, apricot and mango along with floral nuances. Full flavoured and rich on the palate but balanced by a lively acidity which carries the ripe fruit flavours onto the lingering finish.
The Alvarinho grapes for this wine are sourced from prime vineyard sites in the Vinho Verde region located slightly further inland and more sheltered from the cooling influence of the Atlantic.
This warmer microclimate allows the Alvarinho grape to reach optimum levels of ripeness with great aromatic intensity balanced by its signature acidity.
Soils are predominantly granitic and the vines are cordon trained, ensuring good air circulation and excellent exposure for the grapes.
Upon arrival at the Quinta de Azevedo winery, the Alvarinho grapes were gently destemmed and pressed in a pneumatic press. A short period of pre-fermentation maceration on the skins added extra aromatic intensity to the wine.
Fermentation took place in stainless-steel tanks at controlled temperatures of between 16ºC and 18ºC using native yeast QA23. After fermentation, the wine remained in stainless-steel tanks for three months, during which time the lees were stirred to add textural complexity to the palate.
When Fernando Guedes acquired the historic Azevedo estate in 1982, he immediately set out to transform it and pioneered the production of quality Vinho Verde.
He revolutionised the viticulture by planting 35 hectares of cordon-trained vineyards, rather than the traditional high-trained pergolas, and built a modern winery with state-of-the-art facilities for the production of fresh and elegant wines.
Today, winemaker António Braga makes an impressive range of whites, all marked by a signature freshness and pure and precise flavours.
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