Pequenos Rebentos Loureiro, DOC Vinho Verde
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Pequenos Rebentos Loureiro, DOC Vinho Verde - Marcio Lopes
This bottle, made with 100% Loureiro, is a light greenish-straw colour with a really fresh acidity that it gets from the cool wet climate of northern Portugal and its strong Atlantic influence. It’s a perfect characterisation of the type with a lemon verbena aroma and crisp apple in the mouth that whets the palate for a really moreish glass.
Lopes uses traditional farming methods but refrains from the use of herbicides and exclusively buys grapes with similarly sustainable viticulture. His winemaking is also low intervention. After manual harvesting, these grapes undergo stainless steel small-tank fermentation using natural yeasts and short maceration on lees, before light filtration at bottling.
This process is true to his beliefs that good enough fruit will make high quality wines that truly reflect the terroir of Vinho Verde.
Serve lightly chilled.
After studying as an engineer, Márcio Lopes turned to winemaking; first as understudy to Vinho Verde master Anselmo Mendes and then learning more about cool climate Australian viticulture in Rutherglen and Tasmania.
The Portuguese grower returned to native soil in 2010 and has since established himself as a Vinho Verde specialist, dedicated to the sustainable farming of local varietals like Loureiro and ancient vines where possible and with minimal intervention in order to preserve an expression of the terroir.
The wet cold winter and hot summer climate of Northern Portugal shines through in Lopes’s wines: herbaceously aromatic, with bright acidity and a beautifully balanced texture.
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