Germinar 2020

94 Points by Decanter - 4/5 Vivino Rating

Grape: Loureiro
Alcohol: 12% abv
Type: Dry White
Vintage: 2020
Format: 75cl
Designation: Vinho Verde DOC
Region: Minho
Country: Portugal



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On the way to Monção and Melgaço, the birthplace of Alvarinho, you will pass through Valença. Here, just before entering Monção, lies Monte do Faro. Two wine territories, one of Alvarinho and one of Loureiro, divided by a mountain, a mountain that opens Loureiro, but closes Alvarinho, to the influences of the Atlantic. The chosen vineyard for Soalheiro Germinar is over 30 years old and is located in a small parcel that produces low quantities of Loureiro grapes. The grapes are harvested by hand. After pressing, but before fermentation, the must is clarified. Some must ferments in stainless steel tanks at a low temperature. The rest ferments in two egg-shaped tanks, one made of stainless steel and the other of cement. This results in a constant bâttonage of the fine lees, which develops a complexity and flavour persistence in the final blend that is superior to what is common with this varietal. The grapes have a particular floral aroma, marked acidity, and a concentration of unique mineral flavours, making a very gastronomic wine. Soalheiro Germinar is crisp and elegant, making it the perfect companion for Mediterranean cuisine, grilled fish, and seafood. Try it with ceviche or Asian cuisines. The wine has a bright lemon-yellow colour with floral and mineral aromas. The taste is dry and fresh, revealing the elegance of Loureiro, which always has a lasting, pointed acidity.

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