Very attractive lemon-yellow in colour with hints of green. The wine has intense aromas that combine floral notes of roses and orange blossom with citrus fruit and elegant minerality. With a very slight prickle of fizz, it is vibrant, lively and well balanced. The long finish has notes of minerality again, along with citrus flowers.
- Feature(s): Sustainable, Vegetarian
- Winemaker: Miguel Pessanha
- Alcohol (ABV): 11 %
- Acidity: 6.4 g/l
- Residual sugar: 4.4 g/l
- pH: 3.03
Eschewing traditional high-trained pergolas, the Quinta de Azevedo vineyards were devised using modern cordon-trained planting and cultivation systems. This ensures better exposure and aeration of the vines, which prevents disease and provides better exposure for the grapes, resulting in riper and healthier fruit at harvest.
2015 was, for the most part, a very dry year in Vinho Verde. This allowed the Alvarinho grapes to ripen well and by harvest time they were very aromatic, with good balancing acidity, and were picked in excellent health.
Gentle destemming, crushing and pressing was carried out under the protection of inert gases, and the juice was clarified to the desired degree. It was then fermented at 16ºC using native yeast QA 23 selected at Quinta de Azevedo. After fermentation, the wine remained for four months on fine lees to improve and enrich flavour, aroma and texture. Immediately before bottling it was lightly fined, stabilised and filtered.
When Fernando Guedes planted Azevedo, and made the first wine in 1990, he pioneered the production of quality Vinho Verde. He immediately set out to transform the estate by planting 35 hectares of vineyards in this cool, wet part of north-western Portugal, bordered to the north by the Minho River adjacent to Spain, to the west by the Atlantic and to the south by the city of Porto.