Quanta Terra Terra a Terra, 2019
Style/ Colour White
Grape varieties Viosinho and Gouveio
The producer Quanta Terra is the creation of two winemakers, Celso Pereira and Jorge Alves. They met in the nineties at Caves Transmontanas where, after a rolling stone interlude making wine in California, Bordeaux, Australia and elsewhere in Portugal, Pereira settled in 1998. Caves Transmontanas produces Vértice, one of Portugal’s most prestigious traditional method sparkling wines. Alves heads up winemaking for the Amorim family’s ambitious suite of estates, notably Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo in the Douro.
The vineyard/ winemaking An unoaked blend of Viosinho and Gouveio, sourced from vines planted between 500 to 600 metres on the Alijó Plateau, on the right bank of the Cima Corgo sub-region. The handpicked grapes were fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel vats and aged on the lees.
Tasting notes Unoaked and crisper than the 2018 (which my panel awarded a Gold Medal at Decanter World Wine Awards), the 2019 vintage highlights the cooler than average summer and cool nights during harvest. It is mouth-watering - full of zest, a little bit like Pereira and Alves! Lemons and limes joust for attention on the zingy palate, together with crisp, fresh cut apple. Lifted apple blossom, bay leaf and suggestions of honey bring complexity. Very persistent and well-focused, with a steely backbone of grapefruit acidity and an umami, cheesy tang to the finish (think extra mature Cheddar ‘bite’). 3,641 bottles produced. 13.5% Drink 2021-2025
Food Pairing Roast chicken, Grilled turbot, wild mushroom rice
Serving recommendations Serve at a temperature of 10 to 12ºC. Drink 2021-2025
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