Quinta de San Joanne - Superior
2009 Blend


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


This is a blend of Alvarinho and Malvazia Fina.
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 grape and having the most personality of all varietals from northern Portugal.

Malvazia Fina is a grape found inland of northern Portugal, especially the Douro, Dão and Beira Interior. It is also planted in the Távora-Varosa and Lisboa regions. Malvasia Fina wines are subtle, fresh and moderately complex with notes of beeswax and nutmeg, with some smokiness in the background. It is usually blended.

After harvest the grapes are cooled down, pressed lightly and fermented below 20ºCentigrade for 15 to 25 days. Cold stabilization at -2ºC for 15 days.
The wine is aged further in tanks before bottling 9 months after harvest.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Light green yellow.
Nose: Green apples and bright.
Palate: Intense showing great minerality with a persistent finish, it has presence.
Other: This is more of a food wine that will pair well with rich sea food dishes as well as lightly spicy dishes.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 12.5
RS (g/l): 2.8
TA (g/l): 7.5
pH: 3