2010 Anselmo Mendes - Alvarinho Contacto
The Anselmo Mendes Alvarinho Contacto comes from a site with round stones and clay near the river. Its name derives not from the site but the skin contact which Mendes uses to enhance aroma and flavour. His studies have shown that skin contact is particularly important for the concentration of Alvarinho and Loureiro. For Contacto, after a cold soak with skins, after pressing he adds a small proportion of whole grapes to the fermenting must. A tight nose and palate shows concentrated fruit salad, with grapefruit and lime. Lovely purity, length and line.