ARCANGELI FEITEIRAS VERDELHO
When first generation Italian Sandro Arcangeli acquired the farm Feiteiras from its previous Portuguese owners, he renamed it Arcangeli. The Verdelho vineyard on the farm had gained such a loyal following that it made sense to name the wine from this Portuguese variety after Feiteiras.
Mineral and salty with whiffs of wild veld flower, begging for fresh fat scallops. The wine is crated into a ‘broader’ style verdelho – as opposed to the Vino Verde offerings mostly associated with the variety – with a layered texture, thanks to the solid foundation laid by its rather boisterous acidity.
The vineyard was planted in 2002 on an east facing slope in shale and clay soils. It is trellised and irrigated with yields as low as 3 tonnes per hectare.
The grapes were harvested by hand in small crates at 22.5 ° Balling. A portion (in the end 12% of the finished wine) was crushed and de-stemmed into a bin where fermentation occurred spontaneously. The juice was pressed after five days and returned to barrel to complete first and secondary fermentation. The bulk of the grapes were pressed as whole bunches into a settling tank and then racked to barrels. Fermentation occurred naturally in seriously used 300 litre French oak barrels and malolactic fermentation was allowed in the same barrels.
Mature for the best of eight years.