Arinto dos Açores, The Azores Wine Company, Azore Islands 2015

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Arinto dos Açores, The Azores Wine Company, Azore Islands 2015

28.50

Set your sat nav to 'the beaten path' and do a U-Turn.

The Azores are a group of volcanic islands that lie about 800 miles west of Lisbon in the Atlantic Ocean and this white wine is made by a young winemaker on a mission to reclaim Pico Island’s centuries-old, dry stone-walled vineyards (well worth checking out on Google Images if you have a moment). This here wine is made from Arinto, which is indigenous to the Azore Islands and not the same as the Arinto grape found on mainland Portugal (it’s actually a cross between Verdelho and Serceal). Everything about this wine is extreme (the price too, you might argue), so brace yourself for acidity, minerality, salinity and a great adventure. 13% alc. Drink 2018-2025.

Jancis Robinson.com (Tamlyn Currin): "Reserved on the nose. Wrapped up tightly on the palate as well, but showing a mineral carapace – not unlike sucking on lemon-soaked gravel with a side of samphire. Hint of cream and aloe, some wild honey, but very dry. Long and addictively interesting.. Drink 2017-2022." 17 points

Jancis Robinson MW: "Nutty, substantial and really interesting. Table wine strength but with the depth and firmness of a fortified wine." 16.5 points

Elin McCoy (Bloomberg): "My discovery of the year is a bright, pure white from a tiny, remote volcanic island in the Azores; it’s made by a young winemaker on a mission to reclaim Pico Island’s centuries-old, dry stone-walled vineyards. Arinto is a native white grape, and the wine’s aromas recall salty sea spray and cool lemons. It’s spicy, mineral, racy, and rich-textured." - Top 10 Wines of 2016

The Wine Advocate: "A potential blockbuster for those who like their wines crisp and fresh, this has big acidity, but fine fruit as well. It shows good concentration, tension on the finish and a certain sternness early on. This is just a bit unevolved as of yet. It actually needs some time to settle down. It was impressive enough to make me lean up a bit just now. There were just 5,048 bottles produced." 93 points

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