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Vinho Verde Quinta do Ameal Loureiro 2009
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Feinwürzig, leicht salzig, zwischen Muskat, Apfel und Limone spielend, mit filigraner Säure abgehend. Sehr elegant.
Perfekt zu Meeresfrüchten und Spargel.
Schon lange bio, nun auch zertifiziert (ECO-CERT).
"...ist eh der Beste.." (Dirk Niepoort)
DER FEINSCHMECKER 01/2009:
"Dieser modern erzeugte Biowein von Pedro Araujo ist mein all time favourite: superfrische Zitrusfruchtaromen im floral akzentuierten Duft, am Gaumen nichts als gute Laune sowie lang anhaltendes Trinkvergnügen." Sandra Tavares
"Pedro Araujo of Quinta do Ameal is apparently the great grandson of the founder of Ramos Pinot (it should of course be Pinto, but fingers used to typing Pinot find it all but impossible to get this right), so presumably has some genetic predisposition to make good wine. He has done wonders with his 12 hectares (30 acres) of Loureiro grapes on granitic, south-facing slopes in the green, Atlantic-washed hills around Lima in Vinho Verde country. Quite apart from distinctly superior winemaking, he has designed a very clear, attractive identity for his labels and his website http://www.quintadoameal.com/
I recently tasted a couple of his Vinho Verdes, the delightfully refreshing (yet fruity) Loureiro 2004 and the Loureiro 2001 which certainly wasn’t dead but, as a Viho Verde neophyte, I couldn’t quite see that the tertiary flavours were actually an improvement on the youthful version. Both of these are labelled with the Vinho Verde maximum alcohol of 11.5 per cent (quite an anachronism) and about 4,000 cases a year are made from much lower-yielding vines than is usual in this region with its high rainfall and vines crawling up every post they can find to form generous pergolas.
But perhaps of most interest, especially to those who are not already converts to good quality Vinho Verde, is the Escolha 2003, a 400-case production of fully ripe Loureiro grapes fermented in French oak hogsheads (an increasingly common size for white wines, I find) and given six months’ barrel maturation. This wine, just 12 per cent alcohol, adds depth and creaminess to Loureiro’s unusual and distinctive green ‘laurel leaf’ aromas and turns it into a good wine for serving with food, whereas the Loureiro Vinho Verde makes a great refreshing aperitif for hot weather.
Corney & Barrow are exclusive UK importers and currently offer the Loureiro 2003 Vinho Verde at £8.34 a bottle inc VAT. I have not tasted this particular vintage of the Vinho Verde but cannot believe on the basis of the wines outlined above that it would be a serious disappointment. Quinta do Ameal’s wines have impressively wide distribution for a property that is relatively small. According to winesearcher.com there are stockists in the US, Canada, Germany, Norway and, of course, Portugal.
What they offer is sophisticated winemaking with a completely novel flavour, in two different styles."