"The 2012 Ten (referencing the alcohol level and supposedly the grams of residual sugar) is the first vintage of this bottling and another of the winery’s Loureiros, this being deemed the lightest by the winery. It has some echoes of the “9%” Docils we see elsewhere – but goes to “ten.” It may be lighter in alcohol and concentration, certainly less concentrated than the regular Loureiro and not likely to develop as well, but it has its moments. Many will like it as well early on for its tasty and fruity demeanor, while remaining reasonably persistent and crisp. There is a little viscosity underneath and a nice finish. Drink it this summer for peak performance. It is quite charming."~Mark Squires
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Founded in 2002, Aphros is a project designed to combine ecological and economical aspects to create true sustainability. Their belief is that nature and labor should combine in a meaningful way and they seek to capture this through Biodynamic viticulture, letting the uniqueness of the land shine through the fruit for inimitable wines. Loureiro and Vinhão have grown in these vineyards for centuries and serve as the reference point for the region.
The grapes are sourced from the Lima sub-region and the vines of Casal do Paço are situated in a south facing amphitheater north of the Lima River on gentle slopes with cool Atlantic breezes.
The winemaking is traditional, taking place in the basement beneath the main house. The cave is buried and naturally cool and damp. They once again straddle the line between modern and traditional character with the addition of modern stainless steel equipment and traditional open top lagars, granite stone tanks, for red wine production.
Farming Practice:Certified Biodynamic