The Wine:åÊBroadbent Vinho Verde
The Grape:åÊ50% Loureiro, 40% Trajadura, & 10% PedernÌ£
From:åÊVinho Verde, Portugal
Tastes Like:åÊLemon zest, lime, white flowers
Pair With:åÊSunny afternoons, game nights, friends
Vinho Verde is traditionally non-vintage and consumed quickly, so the wine on the shelf will always be a fresh bottling. The way to make a proper Vinho Verde is to suppress the malolactic fermentation and inject carbon dioxide at bottling to give the wine its characteristic spritz. We use pneumatic presses for gentle pressing to extract the free run juice and fermentation is around 16 degrees centigrade, which gives a slow fermentation which, in turn, protects the character of the Loureiro grape. We use a special yeast QA21 which was developed in our vineyards and is now used all over the world. It gives a special character to our wines, which are produced at Quinta de Azevedo.
Our staff says:åÊ“Vino Verde isn’t actually green like the name suggests. ‰ÛÏGreen‰Û� is meant to signify that it’s a young wine. This is the perfect thing to sip on during a hot afternoon. It’s very light and slightly spritzy. It has a low ABV, which means you don’t have to worry about drinking too much throughout the day.” -åÊDominique