Aguardente Velha

Grape: Alvarinho
Alcohol: 48.8% abv
Type: Aguardente Velha (Old Brandy)
Vintage: N.V.
Format: 50cl
Designation: Vinho Verde DOC
Monção e Melgaço




The Alvarinho grapes used in this old marc spirit “grappa” came from several small vineyards planted in granite soil between 100 and 200 meters above sea level and located in a very particular microclimate. The 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. This Soalheiro Aguardente Velha is produced with the distillation of the Alvarinho grapes from this specific terroir and aged in oak casks, which extracts the colour and structure that complete the intense aroma of this variety. The aromatic Alvarinho skins separated from the juice after the pressing are left to ferment for 1 month in an environment without the presence of air. This fermentation transforms the existing residual sugar into alcohol and extracts the best flavors from the skins. The slow distillation with the traditional method in a pot still helps to reveal these aromas that are concentrated during the aging of more than 20 years in our cellar. The alternation of aging in new oak barrels (in the beginning of the aging) and old barrels (in the end of the aging) over the years, develop a very particular aroma and flavor that give this spirit a unique personality. Complex aroma, delicate and fragrant revealing a perfect harmony between the nature of the aromatic grape and the prolonged aging in cask.

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