Vinha do Cuco, 2018
Alvarinho – Loureiro
Vinho Regional Minho
Concept. To produce a unique wine in Vinho Verde region using selected ripe grapes processed with maximum rigour and minimum intervention so that the wine can express the terroir and the character of grape varieties.
The vintage. 2018 produced regular grapevine growth until the end of July. August was dry and cool, especially at night,
inducing slow berry ripening with good acidity and aromatic compounds. Early September was warm and dry allowing the grapes to complete ripening and to be harvest at the right maturity with no rain.
Technology. Grapes were crushed, de-stemmed, gently pressed and the must is naturally decanted and then fermented in stainless vats, at 18 ºC. After racking the wine was kept in stainless vats, in contact with lies contact for one month, and finally filtered with no cold treatment and bottled with low sulphur dioxide.
Tasting notes. It is a charming wine due to its elegant and distinct nose. The palate is round and intense, lovely fruit and fresh acidity, very mineral, with a clean and delicate finish. The combination of a graceful nose with mouth feeling makes this wine very pleasant to drink.
Profile. To be drunk when young but due to its acidity and structure ages very well and it is usually better after one year.
How to drink. Serve at 10 ºC directly from the bottle and follow the evolution of the wine in the glass. Best when accompanying an entrée, a fish course or light cheese.
Awards. Silver Medal for the 2013 vintage and Great Gold medal for the 2015 vintage at International contest “Albarinos al Mundo”. Silver medal for 2016 vintage at Sakura Japan Women´s Wine Award.
Alcohol – 12.5 % (vol.); pH – 3.2
Total acidity – 6.9 gr/L (Tartaric ac.)
Grape variety: Alvarinho (55%) and Loureiro (45%)
Number of bottles: 10 000