Anselmo Mendes new releases

Anselmo Mendes new releases

The king of Vinho Verde

Anselmo Mendes is the godfather of Vinho Verde and one of Portugal’s most influential winemakers. Producing wines since the late 90s, he is an integral part of the Portuguese wine revolution. Ever innovative, he uses skin contact, spontaneous fermentation, lees ageing and explores different terroirs and single vineyards with his Muros Antigos (ancient walls) range.

Vinho Verde is home to an astounding 45 indigenous grape varieties but here Mendes focuses on Alvarinho in the Minho Valley and Loureiro in the Lima Valley. Alvarinho offers rich, yellow fruit and structure. Whilst similar, Loureiro is known for its citrus-like, floral notes, minerality and elegance. Both produce incredibly fresh and vibrant iterations of Vinho Verde – the quintessential food wine.

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His 2019 Alvarinho Contacto sits at #37 on Wine Enthusiast’s list of Top 100 wines in 2020. It is deliciously refreshing, yet beautifully textured due to some days spent on its skins – much like one would make a red wine. The 2019 Muros Antigos Loureiro is a richer expression of Vinho Verde and should be everyone’s house wine. Made from the ancient Loureiro grape, it is wonderfully fragrant as its name suggests; Loureiro means 'laurel scented'. Elegant and complex, this is smashable at only R175 per bottle.

Both these wines are mineral and mouthwatering with great texture and length. They are also absolute bargains and Wine Cellar’s go-to summertime wines. Don’t be surprised, however, if they drink even more beautifully over the next 10 years.

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