2018 Azores Wine Company Arinto Dos Açores
Wine from the Portuguese Azores means an Atlantic injection. Wine has been made on the Azores, an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean about 1400 kilometers west of Lisbon, since the sixteenth century. But so little that you hardly ever see the wines from the Azores on the European mainland. They make around 20,000 liters per year, which is about the annual harvest in the Azores. It's all white and much of it is fortified with alcohol. The wine is made from typical Portuguese grapes, such as Verdelho and Arinto. What is also unknown, but certainly not unloved by the wine connoisseur, is quality because the Azores have a great climate for wine. The sea breeze ensures healthy vines that do not require chemical intervention. Moisture, sun and a big difference in temperature make the wines of the Azores incredibly beautiful. Without a doubt the most famous and renowned winery of the Azores is Azores Wine Company. They have perhaps one of the most unique terroirs in the world, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and at the foot of the volcanic mountain Pico, the vineyards are planted in the fractures of the rocks, next to the sea, where you can " singing of the crabs", because there is more sun and warmth there.
This 100% Arinto dos Açores is an indigenous variety and therefore exclusive to the Azores Islands. Although the name suggests, the Arinto dos Açores is not related to the Arinto. When the grapes are perfectly ripe, they are harvested by hand and brought to the press in baskets where the entire bunches are pressed. The juice undergoes fermentation in small stainless steel tanks of 600 to 100L. The 2018 Azores Wine Company Arinto Dos Açores produced 14 970 bottles. All bottles are numbered.
In the nose fresh, salty and aromas with notes of grapefruit. In the mouth a very present minerality and acidity, good persistence and salty notes. Because of the salty tones in this wine and the direct influence of the sea, this is a perfect accompaniment to a beautifully baked cod, plaice or dab (but is delicious with any sea fish). Magnificent with plateau fruits de mer, grilled fish and maritime salads.
|Type of Wine||White|
|Winery||Azores Wine Company|
|Grape||Arinto dos Açores|
|Drinking as of||2019|
|James Suckling rating||91|
|Tasting Profiles||Aromatic, Dry, Fresh, Fruity, Spicy, Light, White fruit|
|Drink moments||Borrelen, Met vrienden, Summer party, Terras, Voor alledag|