Quinta das Arcas Arca Nova Alvarinho, Minho

Quinta das Arcas Arca Nova Alvarinho, Minho

The grape variety Alvarinho is perhaps better known by its Spanish synonym Albariño. It flourishes in northern Portugal close to the border with Spain, just across the River Minho from the vineyards of the Rías Baixas region, famed for its aromatic wines made from the same grape. The grape's thick skin helps it to ripen well in the cooler and wetter conditions in this corner of the Iberian peninsula. The grapes are harvested by hand and transported to the winery for crushing as soon as possible to preserve the variety’s delicate aromas. Here, they undergo a cool fermentation, the wine is unoaked and bottled after a short period of ageing in stainless steel tanks. Shows notes of citrus fruit, such as grapefruit zest; the palate has good weight a lively acidity and a touch of minerality.

  • Type: Rosé
  • Country: Portugal
  • Region: Portugal
  • Vintage: 2016/2017
  • Producer: Quinta das Arcas
  • Primary grape: Albariño
  • Bottle size: 75cl
  • List price: £10.05
  • Code: 33966
  • Expression: Cactus