PORTUGAL

Quinta de San Joanne - Escolha
2009 Blend

Viticulture

Vineyard: Rows north/south orientation.
Soil Type: Granitic with sandy texture, slightly acid.
Vine Age:
Irrigation: No irrigation
Harvest Date:
Yield: 50 hl/ha

Vinification:

Escolha is a blend of Alvarinho, Avesso and Chardonnay and the appellation is Minho. The Minho region covers the same region as Vinho Verde, the only difference is that foreign grapes, not allowed to produce Vinho Verde, are accepted. It is classified as a 'Vino Regional' which is the equivalent for 'Vin de Pays ' in the French system.

Alvarinho grows mostly along the River Minho, right up in the north of the Vinho Verde region. It makes richer and higher in alcohol wines when compared to classic Vinhos Verdes. It is considered as the finest and as having the most personality of all varietals from northern Portugal.
Avesso is also considered as a high quality grape, it produces wines with a wide array of aromas, balance and flavorsome. It is also known as Borral, Bornal and Bornão in the Baião county and as Borraçal branco.

Harvested early in the morning, the grapes are taken to the cellar where they are cooled down and pressed lightly. Fermented for one part in stainless steel tanks and the rest in French oak barrels. Fermentation takes between 15 to 25 days and is maintained below 20ºCentigrade.
Stabilized over 15 days at –2ºC. The wine is then aged for six month in oak barrel with regular batonnage and bottled nine months after harvest.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Ligh yellow.
Nose: Fresh fruity aromas.
Palate: It is refreshing with beautiful lingering fruity flavors. Intense, showing fine minerality, well balanced.
Other: Drink very well now with a good aging potential.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 13.5
RS (g/l): 1.7
TA (g/l): 6.2
pH: 3.26