MUROS ANTIGOS ESCOLHA VINHO VERDE 2021 BY ANSELMO MENDES
Muros Antigos Escolha Vinho Verde 2021 won itself a place of honour on our tasting table and should do the same on yours, especially if you appreciate new sensations and stellar quality-for-price.
Anselmo Mendes is simply put, one of Portugal’s most exalted winemakers. Like his Spanish counterpart Raul Perez he quite literally revolutionized quality winemaking in Vinho Verde. His tiny family estate has propelled this terroir – and the indigenous grapes grown here – to the next level. His wines are beyond the typical “easy drinking white,” and instead start entering a more coastal saline, textural, and profound territory.
Wine & Spirits Magazine has published the Top 100 Wineries of 2021 naming Anslemo Mendes as part of an exclusive list of wineries that stood out this year for the quality of their wines.
Perhaps the most important distinction to his wines is that they are bone dry whites, and are made with no fizz. This allows the terroir and minerality to shine bright and provides for some of the greatest value for those that love Chablis, Muscadet or really, any mouthwatering white with a shimmering mineral footprint.
Muros Antigos Escolha Vinho Verde 2021 comes from the very same vineyards from which this winemaking rockstar started his career—and it shows. This isn’t merely good Vinho Verde, this is a game changing wine that truly brings out the best of its variety and place. Grown and cropped properly, these grapes (Albariño, Avesso and Loureiro) produce refreshing mineral driven whites that are perfect salad, and seafood wines.
Put this wine next to the great mineral whites of Chablis or the Loire and it won’t miss a beat!
MUROS ANTIGOS ESCOLHA VINHO VERDE 2021: CHARACTERISTICS
BODY / STYLE / OAK / Medium-bodied / fresh and crisp, floral, fruity and mineral / Unoaked
SWEETNESS / Extra Dry
CELLARING / Drink now
BEST PAIRINGS / Salad, Scallop
TASTING NOTE / The three main grapes of Vinho Verde, Alvarinho, Loureiro and Avesso have been brought together into a wine that expresses all the crisp fruitiness and mineral texture of the region. This is delicious and chock-full of flavour, not merely well constructed. It’s a bright, lively wine that is ready to drink.
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