Alvarinho Soalheiro Reserva 2011

The grapes are organically produced and harvest by hand from the old vines at Quinta de Soalheiro. The microclimate that influences the production of Alvarinho grapes is very particular. 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. The brand name – Soalheiro – arises from the excellent sun exposure of the vineyards bearing the same name – a sunny place.

2011 – a classic harvest. This harvest has high temperatures in the beginning of the growing season that allowed early flowering, assuming an early harvest, however moderate temperatures during maturation (late July and August) favoured the aromatic concentration and moderate alcohol levels associated with a well–balanced acidity in the grapes. The harvest in Soalheiro was early and longer than average, occurring mainly in the first two weeks of September. The climatic conditions of 2011 allowed a very elegant aroma, mineral and tropical, with a good balance of taste, fresh and intense, anticipating a good ability to evolution in the bottle.

Producer
Soalheiro
Region
Melgaço, Monção
Vinification

The grapes are harvested manually in boxes of small capacity and carried to the cellar in a short space of time. After the pressing and the before fermentation with controlled temperature, the must was decanted during 48 hours. The fermentation and aging take place in French oak (new and used), and remained in “batonnage” with fine lees until the end of August 2012.

Grape Varieties
Alvarinho
Production
3000
Alcohol (%)
13
pH
3.31
Total Acidity (g/dm3)
6
Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)
0.53
{ The values are approximate }
Tasting Notes

Citrus colour, elegant and full flavour with oak notes, maintaining the freshness and fruit of Alvarinho grape. The flavour is full bodied and complex.

Food Suggestions

Ideal as an aperitif or to accompany seafood dishes, fish or poultry dishes.

Reviews

2014.02

Revista de Vinhos — by

Score
17.5/20

Enorme pureza aromática, com a casta muito expressiva, folha de limoeiro, suaves fumados da barrica que não ocultam a fruta. Requintado, elegante, perfumado, um branco de puro prazer. Para crescer na garrafa.