the spanish aquisition

2015 Quinta do Ameal Special Harvest Loureiro 375ml

To make this sweet white, late-harvest grapes are air-dried prior to vinification, concentrating sugar in the must. This process takes several weeks from early November and the grapes are turned and inspected 3 times weekly to avoid rot and mould. The must is partially fermented in old wine barrels, a slow fermentation which stops in the cold of late winter. The resultant wine is 12% a/v with just over 100 grams of residual sugar. 600 half bottles produced in special vintages. A wonderful, almost acetic volatility gives room to mandarin marmalade, salt caramel-butterscotch and Madeira-like plantain. There is just enough viscosity for the sweet white register but multiple vinegar-volatile-sours dominate the sugar. It's creamy-foie-thick in parts, wild-herbal tangy in others and somehow utterly harmonious. If a wine could be Inception, this thing has a level 4 – buy it and regret nothing!