Quinta de Azeveda Vinho Verde Reserva
When Fernando Guedes acquired this historic estate in 1982, he immediately set out to transform it and pioneered the production of quality Vinho Verde. He revolutionised the viticulture by planting 35 hectares of cordon-trained vineyards, rather than the traditional high-trained pergolas, and built a modern winery with state-of-the-art facilities for the production of fresh and elegant wines. Today, winemaker António Braga makes an impressive range of whites, all marked by a signature freshness and pure and precise flavours.
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.
Apart from slightly higher than average rainfall during the spring of 2019, precipitation was even throughout the vegetative cycle. Average temperatures were lower than in the previous five years, lengthening the growing season and allowing for perfect balance in the grapes. Harvest occurred slightly later than usual. These conditions resulted in aromatically expressive wines with a fresh profile and balanced acidity.
Gentle destemming, crushing and pressing were carried out under the protection of inert gases to minimise the risk of oxidation. A period of pre-fermentation maceration added extra aromatic intensity to the wine. It was then fermented between 16-18oC and around 10% of the wine was fermented in contact with the skins. After fermentation, the wine was matured in stainless-steel tanks with "bâtonnage", stirring of the lees, for three months.
On the nose intense aromas of peaches and pineapple mingle with ripe lime peel
and herbal nuances. On the palate, it has a great concentration of flavour. A lively acidity invites a long and balanced finish.