All estate owned vineyards on pure schist with very steep inclines. Most of the vineyards are terraced. Merenzao is the local name for this grape which is known as Trousseau in France and Bastardo in Portugal. The average age of the vines are 80 years. This single plot is named Risco after its previous owner.
South facing in the Amandi sub zone.
schist or "losa" as it is locally known.
The vineyard work is all done by hand including harvest. Fernando Gonzalez is in charge of the viticulture and practices biodynamics.
The wines are fermented with wild yeasts. The grapes are foot troden in large oak fermentation vats.
Aged in old French oak barrels for 12 months and 12 months in bottle.
Average annual production is 2,000 bottles.
The Risco bottling from Adega Algueira is made from the Merenzao grape variety (the local name for Trousseau or Bastardo), from a parcel of more than eighty year-old vines grown on a terraced vineyard of schist. The grapes for this bottling are crushed by foot and fermented with indigenous yeasts, with the wine then aged twelve months in older barrels prior to bottling. The 2015 Risco is beautifully light in color and offers up a very transparent bouquet of cherries, tree bark, orange peel, a superb base of stony minerality, espresso, just a touch of botanicals and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is fullish, complex and very soil-driven, with excellent focus and grip, a good core and a surprisingly chewy backend of ripe tannins and tangy acids. This is a young and exceptional wine, but it needs some time in the cellar to blossom properly.
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