From very old vines at altitudes of 725m, very close to the Spanish border, south of the Douro, grown on granite with high amounts of Silex. Unoaked, with flavours of lime zest, white flowers and minerality.
Mostly old vines, hand-harvested, foot trodden and open-fermented, before ageing in ancient large casks, and bottling unfiltered. Crunchy baga fruit, with redcurrant and cranberry, overlain with a brush with the forest floor.
A great expression of unoaked Douro red. Lovely, ripe dark fruits with a bit of an herbaceous edge, and minerality from the schist soils. Soft tannins (for a Douro) and an elegant, fruity finish.
Considered by many to be the benchmark Portuguese Alvarinho, this is a tremendous wine. Incredibly tangy and fresh on the palate with ripe red apple, stone fruits and citrus, and a finish which never does....