Aphros-Wine

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Loureiro

Forming with Alvarinho the most aromatic duo of Vinho Verde varieties, Loureiro finds its fullest expression in Lima Valley. With primary aromas where citrus fruits predominate, young Loureiro wines typically show floral notes of Laurel and Roses. Litchi, peach, apple and perfumed melon are other possible nuances around the citric core. As it ages (good Loureiro wines age marvelously) the minerality comes forth with smokeyness and petroleum, with hints of dried fruits, orange blossom and honey.
“Loureiro is a grape so light and subtle it makes Audrey Hepburn look like a heavy weight”. Jonathan Nossiter

Loureiro Vines

Casal do Paço:
Soil: granitic, sandy.
Exposition: South/Southwest
Year of plantation: From 1992 to 2007
System: single chord
Area: 2,20Ha

Espadanal:
Soil: granitic, sandy.
Exposition: South
Year of plantation: 2007
System: single chord
Area: 1,06Ha

Casanova:
Soil: Sandy granitic, Limestone
Exposition: South
Year of plantation: 2009
System: single chord
Area: 4,08 Ha

Valflores:
Soil: Sandy granitic, limestone
Exposition: Southwest
Year of plantation: 1992 and 2010
System: Single chord
Area: 3,00 Ha


Vinhão

A teinturière grape which the most planted red variety in the Vinho Verde Region. It is known as Sousão in Douro, where it is used for making assemblages for Port wine. Very deep in color, Vinhão wines are intensely fruited (black cherries, raspberries, cassis), tannic and with a challenging acidity that makes them highly gastronomic.
Due to their irreverent and unusual character, Vinho Verde reds are probably the most original and at the same polemic wines of Portugal. The attention paid in recent years by international writers to Afros Vinhão has raised the discussion, making it one of the most talked about Portuguese varieties.

Vinhão Vines

Casal do Paço:
Soil: Sandy granitic
Exposition: South
Year of plantation: 1998
System: Single chord
Area: 1,5 Ha

Casa Nova:
Soil: Sandy granitic, Limestone
Exposition: South
Year of plantation: 2009
System: Single chord
Area: 2,17 Ha

PRODUCER: VASCO CROFT                                   
OENOLOGUES: PEDRO BRAVO / RUI CUNHA  
REGION: VINHO VERDE - SUB-REGION OF LIMA  
VARIETY: Loureiro 100%    
EXPOSITION: South  
AREA: ± 9,0 ha
PRODUCTION / HA: ± 4.000 litros / ha
HARVEST DATE: 3 to 21 de September 
ALCOHOL: 12,00 % Vol. 
TOTAL SUGAR: 7,80 g / dm3 
TOTAL ACIDITY: 6,30 g (Tartaric Acid) / dm
pH: 3,14
VINIFICATION: Pressing / decantation in inox vats / fermentation at temperatures between 15 to 18º C / decantation / bottling.
PRODUCTION: 17000 litre!s - 22600 bottles
BOTTLE PER BOX: 6
BOXES PER PALETTE: 77
BEST SERVED: 10 to 12 oC

Tasting Notes: Crystalline, Bright citrus color.Youthful and intense. Predominance of citrines and tropical fruit, with floral and mineral notes adding complexity to a vibrant whole.

Mouth: Smooth attack , balanced acidity, good volume and a refreshing final.

Gastronomic suggestions: Ideal as an aperitif. Accompanies fish, shelfish, grilled food, Sushi, salads and fruits.

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PRODUCER: VASCO CROFT                                   
OENOLOGUES: PEDRO BRAVO / RUI CUNHA  
REGION: VINHO VERDE - SUB-REGION OF LIMA  
VARIETY: Loureiro 100%    
EXPOSITION: South  
AREA: ± 9,0 ha
PRODUCTION / HA: ± 4.000 litros / ha
HARVEST DATE: 9th September to 9th October
ALCOHOL: 12,20 % Vol. 
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 6,10 g / dm3 
TOTAL ACIDITY: 6,10 g (Tartaric Acid) / dm
pH: 3,06
VINIFICATION: Pressing / decantation in inox vats / fermentation at temperatures between 15 to 18º C / decantation / bottling.
PRODUCTION: 19000 litre!s - 25333 bottles
BOTTLE PER BOX: 6
BOXES PER PALETTE: 77
BEST SERVED: 10 to 12 oC

Tasting Notes: Crystalline, citrus color with green reflections. Predominantly floral aroma, refined and elegant. Citrus notes blend with mature tropical fruits. Complex yet smooth to the palate, the aromas combine with a vibrant and refreshing acidic feel. Good minerality, Finishes in a long, ecstatic mode.

Gastronomic suggestions: Ideal as an aperitif. Accompanies fish, shelfish, grilled food, Sushi, salads and fruits.

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  • Vinho Recomendado - Wine Masters Challenge 2005
  • Verde Honra - Concurso CVRVV 2005

 

PRODUCER: VASCO CROFT - CASAL DO PAÇO PADREIRO - Soc. Vitivinícola, Lda.
OENOLOGUES: PEDRO BRAVO / JOSÉ CARVALHEIRA
REGION: VINHO VERDE DOC - SUB-REGION OF LIMA
VARIETY: Loureiro 100%
EXPOSITION: South
AREA: ± 20 ha
PRODUCTION / HA: ± 4.000 litros / ha
HARVEST DATE:22 to 26 September
ALCOHOL: 11,50 % Vol
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 4,80 g / dm3
TOTAL ACIDITY: 6,90 g (Tartaric Acid) / dm3
pH: 3,16
VINIFICATION:Maceration Maceration with skins / Pressing / Decantation in inox vats / Fermentation between 12 to 14º C / Aging "sur lies" for 2 months / Filtration / Bottling
PRODUCTION: 26.100 liters ≈ 34.800 bottles
BOTTLE PER BOX: 6
BOXES PER LAYER: 12 or 14 boxes
BOXES PER PALETTE: 96 or 112 boxes
BEST SERVED: 10 to 12 ºC

Tasting Notes: Brigth pale wellow citrus hue. A wine with the backbone of granite minerality, were the aromais dominated by fruits and flowers, including hints of lime and orange with the essential oils of their skins. the mouth attack has volume and a vibrant acidity, enhancing length and persistence.

 

Gastronomic suggestions: Accompanies fish, grilled or baked, cod with cream, shellfish, sushi, salads and fruits.

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