Loureiro, Aphros, Vinho Verde, Portugal 2016
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Biodynamic – fermented in clay amphorae
Aphros is the brainchild of former architect Vasco Croft. His vineyards are spread over a 20 hectare area next to the Lima River, a region that is rich in biodiversity and indigenous flora and fauna. In his thirties, Vasco had what he describes as a life changing encounter with a Buddhist monk, where a bottle of wine was shared. This event led Vasco to leave behind his well-established creative furniture business in order to redevelop his family winery, a semi-abandoned property belonging to his family since the 17th century.
Through years of hard work and by following a strict biodynamic philosophy in order to encourage the burgeoning natural beauty which surrounds his land, Vasco has developed a reputation for producing wines of supreme quality. His Loureiro, which is fermented in clay amphorae lined with beeswax, is fresh and lightly floral despite considerable time on the lees. The palate contains green apple and crunchy pear notes, with the faintest layer of almonds before a long finish possessing persistent acidity and wonderful mineral undertones.