Soalheiro Espumante Bruto Alvarinho, a sparkling wine from Monção e Melgaço, Portugal.

Soalheiro Espumante Bruto Alvarinho

Sparkling Wine
Portugal | Region: Monção e Melgaço
Vintage: | Grape: Alvarinho
Volume: 75cl | ABV: 12.5%
Food Pairing: Perfect as an aperitif.

Soalheiro Espumante Bruto Alvarinho

The Alvarinho grapes used in the Soalheiro came from several small vineyards planted in granite soil between 100 and 200 meters and located in a very particular microclimate. Melgaço region, the northern point of Portugal, is protected by a range of mountains that create the perfect conditions of rainfall, temperature and number of hours of sunshine needed to the better ripeness of the Alvarinho grapes. The brand name – Soalheiro - arises from the excellent sun exposure of the vineyards bearing the same name - a sunny place.

After a careful selection of the grapes, the resulting must goes through the first fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel vats. Second fermentation takes place in the bottle and the wine is stored on its lees for 9 months. Yellow citrus colour with fine and persistent bubbles and with the prominent fruity aroma of the Alvarinho grape, showing a good balance between acidity and alcohol. This is an extremely versatile bubbles!

Tasting Notes

Yellow citrus colour, fine and persistent bubbles. The aroma of the fruit reveals Alvarinho grape, showing a good balance between acidity and alcohol. The flavour has mineral notes, persistence and good complexity.

Grape variety: 100% Alvarinho.

Vinification: The improvement of a sparkling from Alvarinho requires careful selection of grapes. The resulting must from this selection ferments with controlled temperature, yielding the base wine for sparkling. This wine suffers in the bottle a second fermentation. The stage in the cellar with low and constant temperature for several months allows this sparkling to show all the elegance of Alvarinho. Once this phase of fermentation and ageing is finished, the process of disgorging is started, an operation that allows the elimination of existing yeast in the bottle and the replacement of the provisional metal stopper for the typical sparkling cork.

Best served with: Very versatile with a wide range of cuisine. It is ideal as an aperitif or to accompany roast cooking meal.