Anselmo Mendes Alvarinho Contacto 2020 75cl


Tasting Note

With some skin contact, this is a brilliant Alvarinho with texture, body and all those lovely zippy fruit flavours you love. 


This small family-run operation is based in a small hamlet called Penso, located between Monção and Melgaço, near the River Minho. Anselmo's name is very well known in Portugal, being associated with dozens of other wines from all over the country, being involved as a consultant in these different projects, however, his role does vary: in some cases, he is blending and endorsing the wines whereas in others he is fully involved in viticultural consultancy for his clients, and winemaking and blending too. He is best known for and most successful with his Alvarinho wines and puts his oenology training to good use in understanding the grape and the best ways to grow and vinify it. He is particularly interested in, and keen to demonstrate with mature bottles, the potential the Alvarinho grape has to age, especially when given support from fermentation in oak. 

Anselmo's latest project involves the renovation of the 50 hectare Quinta da Torre, just outside of Monção where wines have been made since the 14th century. These vineyards are now the main source of his grapes, and having completed the purchase of the estate together with its medieval buildings and tower, he plans to create a visitors' centre in these old buildings after the completion of the renovations. 

Country: Portugal | Region: Vinho Verde | Alcohol: 12.5% | Grapes: Alvarinho