Vinho Verde Loureiro/Alvarinho

Vinho Verde

Azevedo

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. Today, winemaker Miguel Pessanha and his team continue to make one of the best wines from the region.

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Vineyards

Eschewing traditional high-trained pergolas, the Quinta de Azevedo vineyards were devised using a modern cordon-trained system. 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.

Vintage Information

The 2017 vintage was characterised by low rainfall and above average temperatures. These conditions caused a delay in the vegetative cycle. The harvest year also registered low-scale humidity, which was reflected in reduced incidences of disease on the vine. The resulting fruit had very good maturation levels.

Vinification

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 16 - 18ºC using native yeast QA 23 selected at Quinta de Azevedo. After fermentation, the wine was matured in stainless steel tanks with "bâtonnage", stirring of the lees, for three months.

Tasting Notes

This wine is clear and bright with youthful hues. It has an intense aroma of ripe citrus notes; limes and orange blossom. Refreshing on the palate with aromatic citrus notes and a firm, but very well-integrated, acidity. This wine has a balanced and crisp finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2017
Grape varieties 70% Loureiro
30% Albariño/Alvarinho
Region Vinho Verde
Winemaker António Braga
Alcohol (ABV) 11.5%
Acidity 6.2g/l
Residual Sugar 4.3g/l
Wine pH 3.1