Asnella is a singular expression of terroir that is a major departure from what most people associate with Vinho Verde. It shows remarkable concentration, length and minerality. This unique vineyard allows for an exposition of two different soil types and their effects on the resultant wine. The granite lends richness and weight, while the schist gives minerality, lift and precision.
2015 89W&S, 88+IWR
60% Arinto, 40% Loureiro. Sustainably farmed vines planted in 1992 in schist and granite soil at 350m (1,148 ft) elevation
The flinty minerality and bright fruit on the Asnella make it an ideal pair for oysters, as well as shrimp, clams, mussels and other seafood. The clean flavors of east Asian cuisine are a particularly good pairing.
6 months in stainless steel tanks
The Asnella vineyard, for which the wine is named, is located in the southern part of the DOC in the subregion of Basto, where it straddles a fault line separating two distinct soil types – schist and granite. The climate is Atlantic, with a cool growing season and significant annual rainfall (1200 mm on average).
Brilliant green-yellow. On the nose, lime zest, green apple, wet stone, and white pepper notes that are almost reminiscent of a Federspiel level Gruner. The palate is clean, concentrated, and incisive, with dry citrus and unripe pear followed by flavors of tarragon, slate and white pepper.