Today let me show you an exceptional white wine from the southernmost wine region of Portugal that I really like.
Arinto, from the Algarve region, was produced by Quinta do Barranco Longo.
This winery is a family estate located in the heart of the Algarve where the clay-limestone soil and the more than 3000 hours of sunshine a year contribute to the higher quality of the grapes. These grapes with the local terroir, the used technologies and the professional team result in high-quality wines at the winery. The range is vast and one of them is this amazing white wine.
This regional wine was produced from the Arinto, an indigenous grape variety that produces exceptional, age-worthy whites.
It is a versatile variety, present in most Portuguese wine-growing regions.
The winemaking happened by refrigeration of the grapes, cold maceration, followed by pressing and decanting of the must. Fermentation took place in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature, followed by aging on fine lees.
This wine from the vintage 2020 shows a medium yellow color.
Favoring notes of green apple, lime and lemon on the nose.
A vibrant wine with lively acidity and refreshing, strong mineral pendency. Intense citrus aromas are present on the palate.
Medium-light body with 12,5% alcohol content. Complex, creamy wine, ending with a medium persistent finish.
The wine has the ability to evolve over 7 or more years, revealing flavors of beeswax and nuts by the Arinto grape.
Should serve this wine at a temperature of 10-12 °C.
Due to its high acidity and citrus flavors, this wine pairs excellently with richer seafood including the famous Portuguese bacalhau (salt cod). But goes well with salads and white meats as well.
Do not miss tasting this wine by ordering online or when visiting the sunny Algarve!