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.
Revealing a more mineral profile of the Alvarinho grape, this wine comes from a specific selection of vineyards planted on granitic soil 200 meters above sea level. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at a higher temperature than usual in white wine, showing an elegant and more mineral aroma with a dry and persistent flavour. Batonnage is carried out and the wine is left on its fine lees before bottling. Perfect for any kind of sea food dishes.
The fact that the vines in Rheinhessen sprouted later than usual in 2021 can be seen as a stroke of luck, as it meant that they were spared the night frosts in April. Also, partly due to the fungal pressure caused by the wetness, the winegrowing year differed from the three hot and dry previous years. The late start of the harvest in mid-September compared to previous years was a fortunate coincidence, as sunny days in September contributed decisively to the harvesting of a very appealing vintage. Ripening in the cool produces fruity wines that offer a wide range of aromas even with moderate alcohol content. In addition, there is a fresh acidity – one of the main characteristics of German white wines. Grapes were hand picked, with maceration for up to 18 hours and spontaneous fermentation & maturation in stainless steel. This is a light wine, little effervescent, a fervent lemon crisp, white peaches and stone fruit aromas with high refreshing acidity. Pale yellow colour with green reflexes, a nose full of ripe fruit aromas of citrus, apricot & light spice notes with a juicy palate. Certified Vegan and Organic.
Demuerte White 2021
A fluorescent Sauvignon Blanc fused with Verdejo. A striking fresh and intensely aromatic white with a unique personality & a lot of flavour. This is a spring & summer favorite. A blend of the aromatic Sauvignon Blanc (80%) and Verdejo (20%) from fruit obtained from ten year old vines in low dry yields, grown with ancestral methods from the region. Coming from Mediterranean-continentalized climate with very cold winters, and extremely hot summers that tests the resistance of these vines which. Planted on limestone soil, with a thick subsoil with the presence of carbonates and a sandy surface with clay formations which are poor in organic matter but quite healthy and permeable. Manual harvest, in 20 kg boxes, intended to take care of the integrity of each grape, preventing it from being damaged. Once harvested the grapes undergo a cold pre-fermentation maceration process. After fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine is aged on its lees for around 4 months. Appearance is of a clear & bright straw-yellow colour with a nose full of fruit & white flowers reminiscent of peaches in syrup, apricots, citrus as well as tropical notes. Fresh acidity on palate, with light flavour but with unctuousness, creaminess & enough body ending with a finish of white fruit & herbs. Serve at 8-10ºC. Certified Vegan.
Sauvignon Blanc 2021
Fritz Waßmer’s Sauvignon Blanc smells invitingly of cassis, gooseberry and elderberry, a refreshing, animating bouquet. Invigorating and racy, the first sip of this wine makes you want more. A versatile food companion, but also a real treat on its own. Exciting with striking acidity and powerful body makes this wine a hearty thirst quencher. On the palate; passion fruit, citrus fruits and a touch of grapefruit peel as well as minerally salty notes & green herbs. Dry, without being sour, the palate is aromatic and straightforward.
Estate Weissburgunder 2021
The fact that the vines in Rheinhessen sprouted later than usual in 2021 can be seen as a stroke of luck, as it meant that they were spared the night frosts in April. Also, partly due to the fungal pressure caused by the wetness, the winegrowing year differed from the three hot and dry previous years. The late start of the harvest in mid-September compared to previous years was a fortunate coincidence, as sunny days in September contributed decisively to the harvesting of a very appealing vintage. Ripening in the cool produces fruity wines that offer a wide range of aromas even with moderate alcohol content. In addition, there is a fresh acidity – one of the main characteristics of German white wines. Pinot Blanc is a grape variety that takes a long time to mature. Therefore, the grapes for this wine were harvested particularly late. They come 100% from organically farmed vineyards around Bechtheim and neighboring communities. After the hand-picking – the grapes are placed in small standard containers – the grapes rested on the mash for around six hours. The processing took place without pumps and exclusively by gravity. Spontaneously fermented, in 70% stainless steel and 30% wooden barrels. The wine was aged in tonneau barrels. After storage on the full yeast for four months, the Pinot Blanc rested on the fine yeast until bottling. When blending, the different batches were brought together to form the Dreissigacker Weissburgunder. The reductive aging in stainless steel underscores the typicality of the grape variety. Accordingly, the freshness, fruit and floral notes of the Pinot Blanc are retained. The wood and the storage on the full yeast give the wine elegance and full-bodiedness. The result – a juicy Dreissigacker wine full of elegance and expression. A filet of cod on root vegetables with boiled potatoes and a little herb oil is recommended as a noble food pairing for Dreissigacker Weissburgunder. The aromatic fish harmonizes perfectly with the fruity aromas of the Pinot Blanc. A toasted wholegrain avocado sandwich, refined with parsley-walnut pesto and freshly ground pepper, goes well with this wine, which is simpler but just as tasty. Certified Vegan and Organic.