Region: Minho Valley
Grape Variety: 100% Alvarinho
Aging Potential: Drink now or Keep until 2035
Serving Temperature: 9 °C
Alcohol Level: 13%
Very soft pressing of the whole de-stemmed grape. Cold clarification for a long time. Fermentation in new, 400-litre French oak barrels. Aromas the apple and the pear wrapped in fine aromas of vanilla and spices. In the extremely mineral palate with a high concentration of fruit with nuances of wood and white pepper. It finishes long and very elegant and silky.
Anselmo Mendes was born and grew up in Monção. It was then, as a child, that he became acquainted with the culture of the vine and wine production. The Alvarinho variety, and its wine produced there, immediately became a part of his life, to the extent that, today, Anselmo Mendes and Alvarinho are synonymous. He graduated in Agro-Industrial Engineering in 1987, at the Higher Education Institute of the Technical University of Lisbon, and post-graduated in Oenology at the Catholic University six years later.
To work as winemaker in a country like Portugal is to discover a rich and diverse universe and meet a major challenge: to add know-how, intuition and technology to the best nature has to offer. From Vinho Verde to the Alentejo, via the Douro and Dão, with "leaps" across to the Azores, Brazil and Argentina, Anselmo Mendes has undertaken a path as wine-maker, by cultivating a passion in each region, getting to know the voice of each land and trying to bring out the best in each wine. Today, as a consultant, he has had various successful projects from one end of Portugal to the other, and abroad.
|Serving Temperature||9 °C|
|Grape Variety||100% Alvarinho|
|Wine Closure||Natural Cork|
|Cellaring||Ready to Drink/Keep|
|Robert Parker||93 Points|