Real Companhia Velha launches 2017 whites in a triad that excels the character of each brand
With over 260 years of history to share in the world of Portuguese wines, Real Companhia Velha introduces three whites from the 2017 harvest to celebrate the sunny days ahead. Made from grapes from selected plots of Quinta do Casal da Granja – property of the Real Companhia Velha since 1968, which has about 100 hectares, of which 75 are vineyards, and where the Company has its wine-making center – this triad proposes very different but at the same time classic styles of the plateau of Alijó: the ‘Porca de Murça’, fresh, fruity and seductive; the ‘Evel’, complex, intense and mineral; and the ‘Grandjó Semi-Dry’, to appreciate the classic sweetness and exoticism.
‘Porca de Murça’: a fresher and fruity white, and therefore quite seductive
‘Porca de Murça white 2017’ reaches the market in the year that Real Companhia Velha celebrates the 90 years of this wine brand. A wine of citrus color and very fresh floral aromas – very unique characteristics of the varieties Moscatel and Fernão Pires – combined with suggestions of lime and white fruits, derived from Gouveio and Viosinho. On the palate, the flavors follow the same kind of aromas and are complemented by a lively acidity, coming from the Arinto grape variety, making the tasting young and refreshing. It goes well with curry dishes, fish, seafood and salads.
‘Evel’: complex, intense and mineral
Preserving all the essence and character of the Alijó plateau, the ‘Evel white 2017’ is a clean, bright wine with an intense citrus color. Fernão Pires and Moscatel varieties provide a young and very fruity aroma, with floral notes, clearly associated with the Viosinho, and white fruit with vegetable nuances associated with the Rabigato. It has an excellent crispy acidity, providing a perfect balance and that contributes greatly to a long and fresh finish. It goes well with fish, seafood and salads.
‘Grandjó’: prized by classic sweetness and exoticism
The name ‘Grandjó’ comes from the combination of ‘Granja de Alijó’, where the grapes that originate the wines in question come from. In wine terms, it is a plateau region benefiting from the fresh breeze of summer, favoring the oenological potential of whites made from the grapes harvested in this region, well known for the production of the Moscatel Galego grape. It is precisely this variety that lies at the base of the ‘Grandjó Semi-Dry 2017’ batch, to which the Viosinho and the Gewürztraminer come together, with the aim of increasing the aromatic dimension and providing a greater structure and acidity to this nectar. From an atypical vineyard, extremely hot and dry, a clean, bright, citrus-colored wine was born. The aromas of rose and hints of tropical fruit are very present. In the mouth, it stands out the very fruity flavors and a subtle sweetness. It ends with a refreshing finish thanks to its lively acidity. Great to combine with Chinese cuisine, spicy dishes, salads or simply to complete the meal.