“Oenology begins on the floor of the vineyard and ends with the drinker’s sip of wine”. This phrase by Émile Peynaud in Le vin et les jours could not be more suitable to introduce the ALBOROQUE.
The base is a wine from 2001, initially designed for Terra Larga. Fernão Pires and Arinto, in more or less equal parts, Fernão Pires fermented in barrels, Arinto only went there to intern, after two years everything went back to stainless steel. And there it was, well preserved, waiting for the best moment to bottle, the acidity of Arinto and the body of Fernão Pires holding the wine. In 2012 they decided to let the veil of the flower of yeast be created in this wine. Previous spontaneities had left good indications that the terroir of Terra Larga (the most versatile of Ribatejo) was also good for this. And so it stayed, 5 years under the flower veil, regulating and “filtering” its oxidations, as in the great Aperitifs from the south of the Peninsula, inspired but not imitated, marking it with saline aromas and flavors and by sometimes something poignant of this style of wine, until in 2017 they thought it was ready to start bottling. And there it is, a beautiful aperitif wine, now 21 years old (refreshed with 10% more recent vintages, solera style, it is not a child but a child), and an amazing youth, with a complexity difficult to describe, such as the intensity of the nose and volume in the mouth, excellent to accompany dry, salty and spicy starters, ham, sausages, cheeses, olives, anchovies, prawns with or without guill, which we do not lack for pretext and imagination.