Alvarinho Soalheiro 9% Dócil 2016

The Alvarinho grapes used in the Soalheiro came from several small vineyards planted in granite soil between 100 and 200 meters and located in a very particular microclimate. Melgaço region, the northern point of Portugal, is protected by a range of mountains that create the perfect conditions of rainfall, temperature and number of hours of sunshine needed to the better ripeness of the Alvarinho grapes.

Just as perfect as the previous harvest, yet different, the 2016 harvest is more elegant with more moderate alcohol. The aromas that are citrusy and tropical, all highlighting the enormous persistence of flavour. ‘It is not usual to have two consecutive perfect harvests, but 2015 was exceptional and 2016 follows the same path...' state the producers of the first Alvarinho brand in Melgaço.

Producer
Soalheiro
Region
Melgaço, Monção
Vinification

The Alvarinho grapes (with freshness and without over maturation) were harvested in boxes of small capacity and transported to the cellar in a short time. The must obtained by pressing of whole grapes was decanted and fermented at low temperature. Fermentation took place in stainless steel to achieve a precise balance of sweetness and acidity that define the final alcohol of this Soalheiro - 9%.

Grape Varieties
Alvarinho
Alcohol (%)
9
pH
3.26
Total Acidity (g/dm3)
7
Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)
0.51
{ The values are approximate }
Tasting Notes

Citrus colour, aroma with citrus and tropical aromas with an unusual balance between the acidity, the sweetness and the low 9% alcohol concentration.

Food Suggestions

Ideal as an aperitif or alternatively may appear during the conversation at the end of a meal.

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