Vinha Centenária Branco<< Previous wine Next wine >>
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?After phylloxera and oidium’s devastating outbreak in the 19th century, the locals maintained a small pocket of vineyards. This “Vinha Centenária” wine comes from one of those 100+ year-old vineyards that are considered the guardians of the island's native grapes and traditional vineyard composition.
RATING HISTORY:2020 95 WA; 2018 95 WA
GRAPE:85% Arinto dos Açores with Verdelho, Boal and Alicante Branco from vines that are 100+ years old planted in volcanic basalt soils at less than 150 feet above sea level.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:A wine born in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean performs beautifully with all sorts of seafood, owing to its salinity and minerality. It is also a great match to suckling pig and pork belly.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:Grapes are hand-picked and head to the sorting table, then direct press, decanted for 12 hours in cold. First press (70%) is fermented and aged in stainless steel in horizontal tanks, and the second press (30%) is fermented and aged in 3-year French oak barrels without batonnage for 9 months.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:Pico, in the Azores Islands, is about 1,000 miles off the coast of Portugal—nearly halfway to New York City! It is dominated by the volcano of the same name, which is Portugal’s highest peak. The vines are planted in the black basalt rock cracks at the foothills of the volcanic mountain which puts enormous stress on the vines, lowering yields. Vines are the only crop to speak of on Pico, as other plant life has a difficult time surviving. Temperature averages 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit, with rainfall averaging 47 inches a year.
TASTING NOTES:Yellow citrus-straw color. In the palate, the wine has beautiful concentration with bright acidity, intensity, and saline notes.
BOTTLE WEIGHT:1.1 lbs (.5 kg)
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