Soalheiro Terramatter has an intense hay colour. As it is an unfiltered wine, it is cloudy but can be cleared if decanted. The wine has a rustic and complex flavour while still being vibrant and fresh. The finish is slightly vegetal, yet silky and smooth. By gently stirring the bottle before serving, incorporating the fine lees, the wine can have even more volume in the mouth.
The Minho wine region, also known as the Vinho Verde region, is located in the northwest of Portugal. It is one of the country’s most well-known wine regions and is primarily known for producing Vinho Verde wines. The Minho region has a maritime climate, influenced by its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The climate is characterized by mild temperatures, high humidity, and frequent rainfall. These conditions are conducive to the growth of grapes and contribute to the region’s vibrant, green landscape.
The Alvarinho grapes grow in a unique microclimate. The Monção and Melgaço region, at the northernmost point of Portugal, is protected by a range of mountains. This creates the perfect rainfall, temperature, and sunshine conditions needed for ideal ripening of Alvarinho. Soalheiro Terramatter is produced from the Quinta de Soalheiro vineyards. These vines are grown using practices that support biodiversity and the viticultural ecosystem. The vineyards are certified organic and promote environmental sustainability.
Following hand harvest, the Alvarinho grapes undergo three distinct production processes. The results are then blended to create Soalheiro Terramatter. One part of the blend ferments in stainless steel tanks. Another part undergoes both alcoholic and malolactic fermentations in traditional chestnut barrels from the Minho region. The third part is fermented in concrete eggs where it also experiences natural Bâtonnage. After blending the three parts, the final wine is bottled without filtering.
Its maturation on fine lees and sharp acidity make Terramatter a bold wine that begs to be paired with food. We suggest enjoying this wine with fatty fish, cooked shellfish, cured meats, lamb, turkey, roasted root vegetables, and anything in a cream sauce or with fungi. Its flavour and texture also pair perfectly with Asian or Mediterranean gastronomies. Certified Organic.
Ideal serving temperature – 16°C.