Quinta de Covela
90 points Wine Advocate
Quinta De Covela Avesso “Edição Nacional”
Quinta de Covela’s first-ever Vinho Verde. Edição Nacional, or National Edition, refers to the Avesso grape, 100% Portuguese and native to Covela’s sub-region. A dynamic, yet elegant Verde positioned alongside the best Alvarinhos and Loureiros.
The color is bright and citric, and the nose features white flower and stone fruit aromas. There is a good balance between the fruit and acidity with a crisp, elegant finish.
Enjoy at a temperature of around 7ºC to 8ºC (44ºF to 47ºF). An ideal wine to pair with grilled fish or seafood, and even sushi and sashimi. Its freshness and light-hearted character also make it a great wine to accompany starters or to be enjoyed al fresco as an aperitif in the company of family or friends.
Organic farming. Granitic soils forming a natural, South-facing amphitheater at low-altitude on the right bank of the Douro river in the southeastern corner of the Vinho Verde region; Cold winters and hot, dry summers, mix of continental climate and maritime influence.
Hand-picked plot-by-plot, allowing for the right grapes to be harvested at the right time. Transport in small boxes.
Fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. No enzymes used. Spontaneous fermentation. Fining with Bentonite when necessary. Light filtration. Aged sur lies until mid-January.
“The 2016 Avesso Edição Nacional “Covela” is a fine follow-up to the gorgeous 2015, although I personally liked the crispness on the 2015 a bit more. Still, this lacks little. It is showing fine depth (and perhaps more), reasonable freshness and a lovely finish. Combining that solid mid-palate with a fruity finish and some tension, it drinks beautifully. Impeccably balanced, it adds a refined feel with caressing texture. Drink it on the younger side, though. There were just 33,000 bottles produced in 2016, the brand’s fifth vintage.” – 90 points, Mark Squires, Wine Advocate