Quinta de Segade
Vinho Verde (Minho), Portugal
Quinta de Segade, from the Vinho Verde region of northern Portugal, is a unique winery that departs from the conventional style of inexpensive and playful ‘Green Wine’ that most people are used to. António Sousa Pereira, the owner and winemaker, produces a serious and incredible wine, displaying the full capabilities of this region’s fruits while retaining its traditional roots. This is a certified organic estate that is working toward full biodynamic cultivation, and makes wine utilizing a local organic cooperative. Their 16 hectares of vineyards, located very close to the river Sousa, are rich with granite soils and have been in the family since the 1930s. Utilizing only native varieties from the area, their remarkable dedication to the vine and holistic wine-making methods is evident, as this is truly a one-of-a-kind Vinho Verde.
Vinho Verde Mica Loureiro 2015
100% Loureiro from soils rich in granite and loaded with minerals, including quartz, feldspar and mica, from which the wine derives its name. The Loureiro grape on it’s own is remarkably aromatic with bright fruit and floarl aromas. There is a fair amount of residual sugar (like a true Kabinett!) on this wine but it also has great freshness and acidity. António Sousa Pereira, the owner and winemaker, does long, slow, natural yeast fermentation and the completed wine is only about 9% alcohol.
Vinho Verde Mica 2015
The 2015 Mica is composed of the local Loureiro, Alvarinho, and Azal varietals, creating an incredibly complex and serious Vinho Verde. The soils from which the grapes are grown are rich in granite, and loaded with minerals, including quartz, feldspar and mica, from which the wine derives its name. The intense reflective nature of the minerals amplifies the effect of the rays of light, essential for proper maturation of the grapes. The cool climate and long growing season produce grapes with remarkable acidity that accompany the depth of fruit and minerality. That a wine with such character has only 10% alcohol is remarkable. Unlike most Vinho Verdes, the Mica is bottled without the addition of CO2, allowing one to appreciate the mineral backbone and pure acids on the finish. The Mica Vinho Verde is certified organic.