low intervention portugal

Vinhos Aparte ‘Ambar’ Orange 2020

Winery: A project created just a couple of years ago by 3 friends graduating enology school; Vinhos Aparte wines have already achieved adored cult status amongst lovers of low intervention wine. The focus is on finding “native grapes in their classic regions making each barrel a different experiment”.

All grapes are handpicked from small growers that respect the environment and nature, winemaking is minimal; native yeast fermentations, unfined and unfiltered. In the spirit of experimentation, wines are limited editions, it’s not a given if they will be repeated in following vintages. Label art is viewed as a “graphic adventure” with striking images for each unique bottling.

Winemaking: Wild yeast spontaneous fermentation, gently crushed in open tanks with 7 days of skin contact, “Pressed into old French oak barrels (4-8th year use) where it completes malolactic and ages for about 6 months”.

Tasting Notes: Orange, mango, lemon, pink grapefruit flanked by bright acidity and green tea tannins. Clementine, apricot, drizzle of wildflower honey infuse the mineral finish. Exuberant, charismatic, vivid.

65% Moscatel Setúbal, 10% Moscatel Roxo (Palmela), 25% Arinto
12.5% Alcohol
$39 [average price]

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