Cabecas do Reguengo "Respiro" Vinho Branco 2018Regular price $27.00 Save $-27.00
A professional dancer for 15 years, Joao Afonso traveled the world over until he hung up the pointe shoes in 1983. At the dawn of his retirement, his wife gave him a book about making wine, and, in his words, he “never again stopped thinking about wine”. By 1994 he had linked up with Dirk Niepoort (Portugese wine royalty), and spent the next ten years establishing his own winery. In 2006, for personal reasons, he retired again.
In 2009 Afonso discovered a few overlooked parcels of vines in Alentejo - magnificent, high elevation vineyards, more than a century old. And like that, he was back to work. Old vines can impart a feeling of density and minerality to a wine (partially because the yields are typically low and the roots dig deep, but in reality, it’s more complicated than that). While the grapes haven’t all been confirmed (they include Arinto, Assario, Fernão Pires, Roupeiro, plus scores of unknown grapes), the wine is clearly one worthy of a slow sip. A crystal clear mineral cut is supported by some leesy, creamy character, and all of the lean, citric and bruised orchard fruits are further defined by a really nice salinity. A wonderful food wine, perfect for the freshness of your spring haul. Naturally fermented and aged in old French oak barrels for 14 months. (Matthew Hawkins, April 2020)