Arinto dos Açores, The Azores Wine Company, Azore Islands 2017

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Arinto dos Açores, The Azores Wine Company, Azore Islands 2017

28.50

Set your sat nav to 'The Beaten Path' and then 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 dry stone-walled vineyards (well worth checking out on Google Images if you have a moment). For hundreds of years, the volcanic rocks that are scattered across the island have been stacked in a web of corrals (currais) to protect the vines from the wind and sea-spray, and to help the grapes ripen quicker with a little night-time warmth. 

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.

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