Highlight: Azores Wine Co. Arinto dos Açores 2018

Winemaker António Maçanita may be best known for his FitaPreta wines in Alentejo, though with this venture he looked to the volcanic islands of the Azores for inspiration. Arinto dos Açores is a unique grape native to the Azores, unrelated to mainland Portugal’s Arinto. These vines are planted in the rock cracks at the foothills of the volcanic mountain on the island of Pico, almost touching the ocean. The vineyards are protected from the strong salty marine breezes by rock walls known as currais. Tight and crunchy with green apple, lemon pith, green hedge on a vibrant, mouthwatering palate, this rings of marine minerality, with the salinity lingering far after the last sip. Unique and characterful beauty that all paralians can instantly relate to. I very much enjoyed bottle #14443 of 14,970. 93/100

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Treve Ring

Treve Ring is a wine writer and editor, judge and speaker, and perpetual traveller. [She is also Correspondent Anorak.]