2020 Azores Wine Co Arinto Indigenas

93 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
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A wonderfully dry and powerful white from the volcanic island of Azores. The Indigenas is an unoaked selection of the bracing indigenous grape, Arinto dos Açores (not to be confused with Arinto on the Portuguese mainland). Grown in the cracks of rocks in tiny rock-walled gardens, this is a unique white to enjoy now with seafood or soften further in the cellar. Try this!
$53.99 in mixed 6+ or $59.99 per bottle


Arinto dos Açores

Its Origins

In 2010, António Maçanita began, along with the S. Miguel Agricultural Development Services, the winemaking work of the Terrantez do Pico grape variety. Unique in the world, this nearly extinct caste reveals a surprising freshness, mineral quality and salinity. Afterwards, in 2013, there was a joint venue on Pico island, put together by Fita Preta wines and Insula Vinus, in order to produce a wine based on one more autochthon grape variety of the Region: Arinto dos Açores. This is how the Azores Wine Company was born and in 2014, the first year, it was already producing 10.000 bottles. The single varieties white wines Arinto dos Açores and Verdelho O Original of the Rare Grapes Collection represent more than half the production. However, the red and rose wines are also quite surprising. Lastly, there is the work already being developed in the fortified wines domain, in search of the famous Pico wines that travelled the world over 400 years ago. Maçanita said that in Azores, they are under the "Proteção integrada regime," which translates to "sustainable." They also have four hectares under organic. And with the impossibility of using tractors, all vineyards are treated by hand. In regards to sulfites, he said they are "for now the only trustable, measurable analysis that demonstrates how a winery works. In this era of so much [misinformation] about natural/organic/biodynamic, SO2 levels [are] the only thing we can measure. We every year [are] the lowest or one of the lowest of Portugal....Our whites are half to one-third of average sulfites [for] whites. For me, it is relevant, and that is why I started to put it on the back label. Transparency yes, BS no...."

What The Critics Say

93/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Mark Squires

"The 2020 Arinto dos Açores Indígenas is unoaked, nearly bone dry (about half a gram of residual sugar) and comes in at just 12.3% alcohol. This is a new label. From this year on, all the winery's wines are going to be spontaneous fermentations, wild ferments. Earthy and stonewashed, this starts off feeling full in the mouth, but as it airs and warms, it becomes more about the pure power and precision. With air, it shows more purity too. It always grips the palate and never lets go. That finish is impressive. Overall, this is beautiful. It should age reasonably well, but take that in stages." Drink 2022 - 2032

17/.520 JancisRobinson.com, Julia Harding MW

"Full bottle 1,267 g. 2,585 bottles produced. Manual harvest, whole-bunch pressing, spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts in horizontal stainless-steel vats, on lees. Very pale gold, powerful aroma that is both smoky and spicy but still with the stony minerality of all these Azores wines. Ripe, golden fruit that is quite extraordinary given the poor soils and the proximity to the sea. But the richness is also savoury and then, kerpow, intensely salty on the palate with incredible acidity balanced by real weight in the mouth. An extraordinary wine with stunning complexity and length, and a wonderfully sour-fresh aftertaste, and likely to age for many years, with increasing complexity. It's the sort of wine where typical tasting vocabulary is insufficient. (JH)." Drink 2022 - 2030

Variety Other white
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 12.50%
Maturity 2020 - 2026

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