Luis Seabra Vinhos, Lda. Granito Cru Alvarinho Vinho Verde Branco 2018
Rather than single vineyard, this is a single soil Alvarinho, intended as a clear expression of terroir and place. 100% Alvarinho from sustainably grown vines planted in 1989. Tended in granite soil at 50-150 m (164-492 ft) elevation. Vineyards located in Monçao e Melgaço in Vinho Verde, the birthplace of Alvarinho/Albarino. Vinho Verde is the coolest sub-region of the Douro, and there is a good deal more maritime influence here, lending acidity to the wines. The grapes were de-stemmed and crushed without the addition of sulfur prior to the pressing no maceration was done, the wine decanted at low temperatures for 48 hours, fermentation and ageing took place in oval 1000 liters used oak vat and 5th year old 2000 liters oval vat of eastern Europe oak. The indigenous yeast alcoholic fermentation was done in less than three months and malolactic fermentation was complete. The total ageing was done with no sulphur during 12 months in the presence of the lees, but without steering them and more 5 months in stainless steel.