The wine of the week, Anselmo Mendes Muros Antigos Loureiro 2016, was contributed by Emily Lightfoot who has been a member of the JancisRobinson.com team for a few years. To read the full article please visit JancisRobinson.com.
Premium-quality white Vinho Verde is a bargain many wine lovers are missing out on and is definitely something we should be drinking more of. It’s the perfect light option if you wish to continue being productive after that enjoyable glass.
Vinho Verde is a young, up-and-coming style from the northern-most Minho region in Portugal. It’s tightly tucked away in the top north-west corner of the Atlantic coast and just south of Spain’s Rias Baixas area. Known for its cold and wet Iberian conditions, it produces refreshing, lighter styles of wine.
The reason Vinho Verde is such a stellar bargain is due to how much flavour it contains thanks to the production process. The Loureiro grapes from the Lima sub-region are destemmed and spend a small amount of time on the skins. A long, cool fermentation takes place before the juice is left on the lees for a further 4 months. This makes it full of flavour and gives the wine its lightness, giving it a citrusy and super-refreshing appeal. The intensity and complexity can not be matched for a wine of this price.
The packaging itself is lovely and the wine serves as a great accompaniment to seafood, Asian dishes and white meat. It goes with pretty much everything and everyone should have a stash of it.
View and purchase the Anselmo Mendes, Muros Antigos Escolha 2016 here: