Vinho Verde DOC, Quinta do Mascanho, Alvarinho Grande Reserva 2018

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The Quinta do Mascanho Grande Reserva Alvarinho is a notable wine from the Monção and Melgaço sub-region in the Vinho Verde Region of Portugal. This straw-colored wine is recognized for its fruity profile and well-integrated barrel nuances, which add complexity and structure to the characteristic aromatic profile of Alvarinho grapes.

Region and Climate

  • Location: The wine originates from the Monção and Melgaço sub-region, comprising the municipalities of Monção and Melgaço.
  • Climate: The region experiences a temperate climate with cold, rainy winters and dry, mild summers. The annual temperature ranges between 12.5 °C and 15 °C, with summer temperatures averaging around 20 °C.
  • Microclimate Influence: The presence of numerous water bodies, including the River Minho and its tributaries, moderates the temperature, resulting in small thermal amplitudes, which are conducive to grape cultivation.

Vineyard Characteristics

  • Geography: Vineyards are situated on the slopes of the left bank of the River Minho, specifically in the parishes of Ceivães and Melgaço, at an altitude of 60 to 80 meters.
  • Soil: The granite soils in this area, combined with excellent sun exposure, enable the grapes to ripen fully and rapidly.

Vinification Process

  • Harvesting: The grapes are exclusively from the winery's own production and are harvested by hand to ensure the quality and integrity of the fruit.
  • Fermentation: The must is clarified and fermented in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures with the addition of wood chips. This method is designed to highlight the quality of the grapes and ensure the wine matures well after bottling.

Tasting Notes

  • Appearance: Straw-colored.
  • Aroma and Flavor: Fruity with well-integrated barrel nuances that enhance the aromatic complexity typical of Alvarinho grapes.
  • Structure: The vinification process and terroir contribute to the wine's added structure and complexity, making it a unique expression of Alvarinho.

The careful attention to terroir and meticulous vinification process make Quinta do Mascanho Grande Reserva Alvarinho a distinguished wine, reflective of the unique climatic and geographical characteristics of the Monção and Melgaço sub-region.