Azevedo, Vinho Verde Alvarinho Reserva, 2021
Region: Vinho Verde, Portugal
Bottle size: 75cl
Clear and bright yellow in colour. On the nose the wine boasts intense aromas of nectarine, apricot and mango along with floral nuances. Full flavoured and rich on the palate but balanced by a lively acidity which carries the ripe fruit flavours onto the lingering finish.
The Alvarinho Reserva fruit is sourced from vineyards slightly further inland, more sheltered from the cooling influence of the Atlantic, and shows more weight and texture due to a longer period of skin maceration before the ferment and lees stirring for three months following the ferment.
The Azevedo estate is located in the Vinho Verde sub-region of Cávado, just 25 kilometres from the Atlantic coast. The land was granted to the Azevedo family by royal decree in the 12th century and the manor house and tower (seen on the labels) date back to the 15th century. However, this fantastic history is in contrast to a very modern approach to viticulture and winemaking.