Vila Nova

2019 Vila Nova Alvarinho

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2019 Vila Nova Alvarinho

The Portuguese cousin to the ever-popular Albarino.

Tasting Notes

Nose

Bright citrus aromas with hints of mandarin.

Palate

Fresh and lively on the palate with citrus characters, textural stone fruit and appealing minerality on the finish.

 

Production

Casa de Vila Nova is located in the sub-region of Sousa, the Vinho Verde Demarcated Region in the North of Portugal, the Vinho Verde lands are exposed to the Atlantic Ocean winds and influence. Soils, microclimate, grape varieties and the unique characteristics of the wine culture, distinguish it from all other wine regions of the world. The grapes are harvested by hand in 20 kg boxes that are quickly transported to the winery where the grapes are destemmed then a soft pressing takes place and fermentation in temperature controlled vats.

Producer

Casa de Vila Nova is owned by the Lencastre family, of aristocratic Portuguese lineage (one of their ancestors became the first Baron of Varzea do Douro in the 1800s). This land has been in their family since the 12th century - the ivy-clad tower that still remains from that time is now surrounded by Vila Nova (new house) that was built in the 1700s, and the property was gradually extended over the centuries.

The estate is near the town of Penafiel, close to the eastern border of Portugal's Vinho Verde wine region, around a 30-minute drive east from Oporto. In the late 1970s the family planted vines over 12 hectares - mainly local Portuguese varieties. In 2008 Bernardo Lencastre and his brothers took over the running of the property, revitalised the vineyards and began making Vinho Verde and bottling their own wines - the first generation to do so. They now have around 42 hectares of vineyard.

Here, in the Entre-Douro-e-Minho sub-region of Sousa, their vineyards are influenced by winds from the Atlantic Ocean - creating the perfect climate to ripen varieties such as Avesso, Loureiro, and Alvarinho.

Awards

  • Best Value White - The Wine Merchant Top 100 2019
  • Top 100 - The Wine Merchant Top 100 2019
  • Gold - Sommelier Wine Awards 2019

 

Specifications

Year 2019
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 100% Alvarinho
Country Portugal
Alcohol content
12.5% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 9.4 units
Type White Wine
Cellaring Potential Awaiting info
Features Vegan, Vegetarian
Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Food Matches A good match for chicken salads, fish and sushi. Or perhaps Vietnamese meatballs?
Origin Vinho Verde
Appellation Vinho Regional Minho