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Escolha Branco

Escolha Branco

Country

Portugal

Region

Vinho Verde

Producer

Quinta de Covela

Vintage

2016

Composition

Chardonnay, Avesso, Other

Alcohol

13%

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WINEMAKER NOTES

A characterful assemblage led by Covela’s main grape Avesso, blended with Chardonnay and a couple of other “spices”. This wine, with its white-fruit nose, full body and long, well-balanced finish, was what originally made the estate’s reputation in the 1990s and continues to be a favorite on wine lists today.

TASTING NOTES

Color: Bright, pale straw.
Nose:Expressive. Floral with heady notes of tropical fruit and good intensity. Undertones of the region’s granitic minerality promise a complex wine.
Palate: Dry, with nicely-balanced acidity and minerality typical of the region. Despite being fresh (and refreshing), this wine has notes of ripe stone fruits, some tropicality and shows a certain creaminess against its strong, mineral backdrop. Long, elegant finish. Abundant personality.

PAIRING SUGGESTIONS

A versatile wine, it is equally at home with traditional fish and seafood pairings, but in colder months, also goes well with meatier dishes such as casseroles and roasts. Ages well – for 5 or 6 years or beyond.

VINIFICATION

Hand-picked plot-by-plot, allowing for the right grapes to be harvest at the right time. Transport in small boxes. Brief maceration of selected grapes. Fermentation in temperature- controlled stainless steel vats. No enzymes used. Spontaneous fermentation. Fining with Bentonite when necessary. Light filtration.

  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Acidity: 5.9 g/L
  • pH: 3.24
  • Residual Sugar: <1.5g/L
  • Sulphites: 88 mg/L
  • Winemaker: Rui Cunha