Vinho Verde / White Sparkling / Loureiero / Sustainable
Vinho Verde DOC, Vinho Verde
The grapes are pressed and fermented in stainless-steel tanks using natural yeasts. Before fermentation is complete the wine is bottled under crown cap to finish fermentation in bottle in the ancestral style. The wine isn’t filtered, and there are no sulphur additions. This is fun, funky fizz, pure unadulterated joy. Can appear hazy in the glass.
Notes on the producer
Márcio Lopes studied as an engineer, but cut his winemaking teeth working for two years with Vinho Verde master Anselmo Mendes in Melgaço. He then traveled to Australia where he made wine in Rutherglen and Tasmania, another cool climate region. He returned to Portugal in 2010 to start his own projects, including Pequenos Rebentos in Vinho Verde. His winemaking is low intervention, he ferments using natural yeasts, and like many of our producers he believes that if the fruit is good enough he will make quality wines with balance that reflect his terroir. This seems to be working - his wines are distinctively fresh and vibrant, showing bright and clear typical variety aromas.