Loureiro Vinho Verde AB Valley 2020

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Crisp, dry and savoury, this Minho white is an easy pleaser with ripe but clean notes of apple, white peach, and orange blossom. A steal at just £12.


From the maker:

Portugal's northern Atlantic coastal region of Minho shares much in common with its northern Spanish neighbour, Galicia.The Minho is a verdant green coastal region, often shrouded in mist, where the grey granite soils support a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and various localised grape varieties.

AB Valley Wines was formed in 2016 by renowned winemaker Antonio Sousa and Bernardo Lencastre. Their idea was to make wines which showcase the indiginous grape varieties of the region with the terroir of Vinhos Verde`s sub region of Amarante. The terroir is ideal for grape growing; Amarante is protected from the influence of the Atlantic and has a high average altitude, higher temperatures than the regional average and the hottest summers overall. These conditions favour the development of late-maturing varieties such as Azal and Avesso.