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Soalheiro Primeiras Vinhas Alvarinho
The microclimate that influences the production of Alvarinho grapes is very particular. 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.
The grapes are produced with the concept of organic viticulture and harvested by hand from old vines with more than 40 years at Quinta de Soalheiro, the First Vines “Primeiras Vinhas”. Currently, the blend also includes a selection of Alvarinho grapes planted in Pé-franco.
Citrus colour, elegant and full flavour that grows in the glass, becoming increasingly persistent. The flavour is full bodied, fresh and complex with great final complexity.
Grape variety: 100% Alvarinho.
Vinification: The grapes are harvested manually in boxes of small capacity and carried to the cellar in a short space of time. After the pressing and the before fermentation with controlled temperature, the must was decanted during 48 hours. Fermentation essentially takes place in stainless steel vats at a very low temperature (only 15% of the total volume ferments in used oak barrels), and fine sediments are kept until the beginning of May. The process also includes a partial ageing in large oak casks.
Best served with: Ideal as an aperitif or to accompany seafood dishes, fish or poultry dishes.