Anselmo Mendes Alvarinho Parcela Unica 2019 Bottle size: 750ml

Portugal, Vinho Verde
R615
Out of stock
95
DEC
‘Complex and considered, with freshness, texture (a counterpoint) and emphatic minerality, rather than fruit or oak (100% new, 400l French oak barrels). From a precocious-ripening, granitic, gently sloping parcel at 205m, reveals restrained, silky white peach, with lightly toasted, subtly smoky hazelnut. Sourdough lees and nutty peach and apricot kernel undertones lend savoury nuance and texture. Lingering, with preserved stem ginger hints, it has yet to reveal its full potential.’ – Sarah Ahmed, Decanter, 95/100

‘The 2019 Parcela Única is an Alvarinho aged for nine months in new French oak. It comes in at 12.9% alcohol, with less than 1.5 grams of residual sugar and 6.4 of total acidity. As always, this is an oakier wine than its upper-level sibling, the Curtimenta, but it handles it extremely well this year, managing always to seem fresh. That's always my first question. Then, it projects depth and a rounder feel. The depth is relative to the region, of course. This might sometimes seem more like a fine white Burgundy in character, but it is always going to be a little on the lighter and fresher side. The finish has grip but also some tinge of sweet oak mingled with fine fruit. It's pretty delicious, as well as gripping. As with its sibling, this is a style designed for food. It is certainly friendly enough, though, so that it is drinkable on its own. (That, however, is probably not its highest and best use.) This is a fine vintage for this, balanced and impressive. The only remaining question concerns its ability to develop more. I suspect it will. It should age well. 2022 – 2034’ – Mark Squires, Wine Advocate, 94/100

‘This single-vineyard Alvarinho, rich and concentrated from old vines, is powerful and balanced. Remnants of the initial freshness have now mellowed into a riper, smoother character. Drink now.’ – Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, 94/100

More Information
Condition New
Alcohol 13%
Blend information 100% Alvarinho
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Alvarinho
Rating DEC 95
Producer information Anselmo Mendes is the King of Vinho Verde and the most influential producer of the area. Vinho Verde is a small region in the north of Portugal and is not only one of Portugal's most famous whites, but also one of the world's top seafood partners. Anselmo Mendes has been producing wine for over 20 years and consults throughout Portugal. He focuses on the Alvarinho, Loureiro and Avesso varieties and is known for his innovation in winemaking.
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