Aged Vinho Verde? You bet! One sip, and you’ll see why Aphros Aether Vinho Verde DOC 2013 is worthy of your attention. A blend of Loureiro and Sauvignon Blanc Aphros Aether shows lemon butter, tropical fruits, pineapple and brine. The nose is showing some development under all the loveliness too.
Aphros Aether offers a full, silky smooth palate. Sauvignon flavours mingle with the more exotic. There is corn, grilled nuts, and cut grass too.
There aren’t many Vinho Verde wines I’ve tasted and thought, “I’d like to taste that again in 8 years.” But Aphros Aether looks stunning and offers an interesting insight into the quality that the Vinho Verde region is able to produce.
Aphros Aether Vinho Verde DOC 2013, and all wines are eligible for at least 5% off any six bottles. And 10% off any 12 bottles. Some wines will be at a more significant discount and not subject to further discounts.
Vasco Croft rehabilitated his abandoned family estate. He started with 4 hectares of vines and has added to that recently. The vines are all certified biodynamic. Vasco is fascinated by the medieval winemaking style and, therefore hand-picks, foot-crushes his grapes. He has an old vertical press and uses amphorae for aging, and bottling is done by hand. I’ve only tasted the Aphros Aether, but that is so amazing I am keen to try the new arrivals.
Aphros Aether Vinho Verde DOC 2013 Winery Notes
“Loureiro 50% + Sauvignon Blanc 50%
Maceration with skins for 12 hours / Pressing / Decantation in stainless steel / Loureiro fermented partially in oak barrels, and the Sauvignon Blanc fermented in stainless steel at temperatures between 13 to 16º C / Aging “sur lies” / Filtration / Bottling.”
“Green Wine” is not highly regarded due to it often being thin, gassy, acidic but slightly sweet wine to guzzle on holidays. However, there is 21,000 hectares and 9 sub-zones within Vinho Verde. The region runs from the Rio Mino to the DO Douro. The closer you are to the Atlantic, the lighter the wines tend to be. As you move inland, the wines have greater intensity, body and alcohol.
A white grape that is most famous for being the backbone of Portugals Vinho Verde. It grows North of the border in Galicia too. Loureiro means laurel and is named for the smell of the berries. Loureiro tastes a lot like citrus, is light-bodied with high acid.
Hero to many, weed to many more. Sauvignon Blanc sure does divide people. The pure expression of Sauvignon fruit is a stunning and exuberant array of tropical fruits with ripe herbs and plant material. It excels in the chalk, clay and sand of the Loire as well as the beautiful vineyards in Bordeaux for dry white and Sauternes production, where Semillon curbs its outgoing nature.
Talking of Portuguese wine, most people would just think of Port. And for good reason, it is a style that took over the world. But to only think of Port is to miss out on the fantastic table wines that come out of the Douro Valley (where Port is made). The Douro is capable of producing world-class, complex reds and whites that are not fortified too.
Moving from the Douro, you will find charming whites and reds of Vinho Verde to the North. Vinho Verde borders Spain and only the Minho (Mino) River separetes VV and Rias Baixas. The grapes grown are almost identical, although spelt and pronounced differently.
Two other wine regions worth noting are the reds of Dao. We don’t see many here in Australia, but they are something special for sure. And, of course, the island of Madeira and their slightly cooked fortified wines. These are real treasures and often forgotten.
The Atlantic Ocean influences most of Portugal’s growing regions. This helps keep the climate from getting too hot and from the air being too still.
Portugal has many indigenous grapes as well as sharing many of the grapes from Spain.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is impressive. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
It is interesting to know that you can make white wine from almost any grape. The colour comes from the skins, and if there is no contact, there is no colour. White wines tend to be delicate, perfumed, higher in acid and lower in alcohol. It seems for this and many other reasons, it is hard to make an incredibly impressive white wine. But those that have mastered the art are indeed some of the best winemakers in the world.
It is a falsehood to think that white wine does not age as well as red wine. But it is correct that white wine, as a rule, doesn’t age for as long.
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