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Anselmo Mendes ‘Muros Antigos' Loureiro, Vinho Verde 2016

White Wine from Portugal
A benchmark Vinho Verde from the meadow-fragrant loureiro grape variety, with delicate spritz and a refreshing palate. Anselmo Mendes is a star of Vinho Verde, and his wines have triumphed in our ‘Wine Champions’ blind tastings for the last four consecutive years. Buy with confidence!
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Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 1 - Bone dry
  • Loureiro
  • 12% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Twin top

Portugal

Like its neighbour Spain, Portugal has been undergoing something of a quiet revolution over the last twenty years or so. A reluctance to follow trends and plant international grapes is now paying dividends and the new breed of full-blooded, fruit-filled wines are more than able to compete on the world stage. The unique flavours that are the hallmark of Portugal's indigenous grape varieties have become its trump card.

Vinho Verde, sometimes spritzy and youthful and sometimes made with the aim of creating a more serious white wine, is in the verdant north-west, bordering the Spanish province of Galicia. A wet and fertile area, the grapes ripen with moderate sugar levels and refreshing acidity, meaning that the wines are usually lowish in alcohol at about 10-11%. Astringent, low alcohol red Vinho Verde is also produced.

Trás-os-Montes is a remote region of harsh winters and hot, dry summers in the north-east of the country is bound on one side by high mountains and on the other the...
Like its neighbour Spain, Portugal has been undergoing something of a quiet revolution over the last twenty years or so. A reluctance to follow trends and plant international grapes is now paying dividends and the new breed of full-blooded, fruit-filled wines are more than able to compete on the world stage. The unique flavours that are the hallmark of Portugal's indigenous grape varieties have become its trump card.

Vinho Verde, sometimes spritzy and youthful and sometimes made with the aim of creating a more serious white wine, is in the verdant north-west, bordering the Spanish province of Galicia. A wet and fertile area, the grapes ripen with moderate sugar levels and refreshing acidity, meaning that the wines are usually lowish in alcohol at about 10-11%. Astringent, low alcohol red Vinho Verde is also produced.

Trás-os-Montes is a remote region of harsh winters and hot, dry summers in the north-east of the country is bound on one side by high mountains and on the other the border with Spain (the name means 'behind the mountains'. The schistous soils and the grapes are similar to those of the Douro. Reds are often lighter and more aromatic than those of neighbouring Douro.

The Douro is one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world, and deservedly Portugal's best known, the Douro has quickly emerged to lead the way as the country's premium wine region and there is a real pioneering spirit amongst the winemakers here, port shippers included. Although there is an enormous variety of different terroirs within the Douro Valley, this is essentially a sparsely populated, hot, arid region where grapes are grown on spectacularly steep terraced slopes. Wine grapes are the same as those that go into Port. Wines tend to be high in tannin and flavour.

Dão is south of the Douro on granite slopes protected by high mountains and pine forests. The region produces one of Portugal's better-known reds of the same name. Once dominated by rather lack-lustre co-operatives, the area now has a whole clutch of dynamic, small producers making elegant, approachable and enjoyable wines.

Between the mountains and the coast, on fertile clay soils, is Bairrada (barro is Portuguese for clay). Better known for red wines, this is one of the only wine regions in Portugal to be dominated by a single grape variety,the tannic, high-acid baga, making wines that can be tough and astringent in their youth but which soften with age, becoming beguilingly perfumed. These days many blend baga with non-indigenous grapes to make a friendlier style, but the greatest are pure baga. The area also benefits from late-afternoon breezes which favour the production of fresh, food-friendly whites and increasingly popular sparkling wines.

Beira Interior is a rather disparate region covering a vast swathe of inland Portugal south of the Douro and east of Dão. Vineyards are grown at altitude on granite soils. In the north, grapes are similar to those of the Douro while the south has a whole mix of varieties.

Lisboa is a large, coastal region that runs north from Lisbon. Atlantic breezes help cool the vineyards and maintain the fresh acidity and aromatics in the mostly white wines. North of Bucelas, on the Atlantic west coast lies the strip of rolling countryside that contains nine separate DOCs under the umbrella name of Lisboa. This is Portugal's largest wine producing region in volume terms.

Bucelas was the first wine The Society ever sold! This tiny DOC is one of the closest to Lisbon. It produces breezy dry whites which are popular locally.

Tejo was formerly known as Ribatejo is known for good, everyday drinking wines in a range of styles from a wide range of permitted grapes. This region lies on either side of the River Tagus

Lying across the mouth of theTagus river, the Península de Setúbal is a flat, sandy region with the exception of the Serra da Arrábida a short chain of mountains with clay and limestone soils. There are two DOCs here, Palmela north-east of the peninsula where the castelão grape is ideally suited to the sandy soils, and Setúbal, where a sweet fortified wine is made primarily from muscat of Alexandria.

The Alentejo province stretches south from the Tagus to the Algarve and east to the border with Spain and covers almost a third of continental Portugal. Divided into seven diverse sub-regions, the undulating hills are home to many crops. Despite the challengingly arid climate here, this is a dynamic region, referred to sometimes as Portugal's 'new world'.
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Anselmo Mendes

Anselmo Mendes was born in Monção, an area in the vinho verde region in north Portugal best known for the alvarinho grape, known elsewhere as albariño. He began his fascination with alvarinho from an early age, going on to achieve worldwide acclaim for his work with the variety, and is recognised as one of Portugal’s finest white wine producers.

After gaining his oenology degree and working for a while in various capacities in the Portuguese wine industry, he began making wine under his own name in 1998. He now makes wine from three grapes in three distinct vinho verde regions: alvarinho in the Minho Valley, loureiro in the Lima Valley and avesso in the Douro valley.

His considers his winery in Minho valley as a place of experimentation, where he uses traditional methods – such as allowing skin contact with the juice during fermentation – alongside more innovative techniques. Some of his alvarinho is also carefully fermented and aged in French oak.

His new red vinho verde, Pardusco, uses traditional grapes to create a more modern style more akin to Beaujolais than the typical deep-coloured, high acid reds of the region.

Portugal Vintage 2016

The varied regions of Portugal mean there is no single picture at harvest time. As in other parts of Europe, a damp spring led to widespread mildew, cooler flowering than conditions than normal, reducing yield, and summer drought. This delayed ripening and the start of harvest, and meant that September rain was welcomed more warmly than usual. Volumes are down in some cases but not dramatically.

In the Douro the combination of heat and vine stress over the summer meant it was a challenging year for the DOC wines but extremely promising for Ports.

In the Alentejo, harvest started about a fortnight later than usual with the double challenges of uneven ripeness and low acidity (in an area of high summer temperatures where acidity is generally not high anyway).

The 2016 viticultural year in the Douro started well with a wet winter, double the rainfall of the previous year. Unexpectedly wet weather carried on through April/May causing the river to be in full spring flood and unnavigable....
The varied regions of Portugal mean there is no single picture at harvest time. As in other parts of Europe, a damp spring led to widespread mildew, cooler flowering than conditions than normal, reducing yield, and summer drought. This delayed ripening and the start of harvest, and meant that September rain was welcomed more warmly than usual. Volumes are down in some cases but not dramatically.

In the Douro the combination of heat and vine stress over the summer meant it was a challenging year for the DOC wines but extremely promising for Ports.

In the Alentejo, harvest started about a fortnight later than usual with the double challenges of uneven ripeness and low acidity (in an area of high summer temperatures where acidity is generally not high anyway).

The 2016 viticultural year in the Douro started well with a wet winter, double the rainfall of the previous year. Unexpectedly wet weather carried on through April/May causing the river to be in full spring flood and unnavigable. June and July were normal summer weather, August unusually hot with rain at the month end. Some picking was delayed until late September and finished in the first week of October. Some very fine quality Ports will be produced.
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2016 vintage reviews
2015 vintage reviews
2014 vintage reviews

The Times

… dive into thefresh, hedgerow fruit …

Jane MacQuitty

The Wine Gang

Another belter of anew vintage, fresh from the green land of northern Portugal. Tangy with appleflesh, the zesty cut of freshly squeezed lime and a healthy juiciness fromstart to finish. The only thing...
Another belter of anew vintage, fresh from the green land of northern Portugal. Tangy with appleflesh, the zesty cut of freshly squeezed lime and a healthy juiciness fromstart to finish. The only thing that could possibly enhance drinking this wouldbe sunshine, so bring it on.
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- The Wine Gang

The Scotsman

Very typical freshfloral example of loureiro grown in the Lima valley with prominent acidity andcitric flavours giving the palate a crisp lemony vibrancy, WInemake AnselmoMendes is one of the region's ...
Very typical freshfloral example of loureiro grown in the Lima valley with prominent acidity andcitric flavours giving the palate a crisp lemony vibrancy, WInemake AnselmoMendes is one of the region's brightest talents. He also consults in otherPortuguese regions and abroad. Some of the vinho verdes in our tasting were abit too sweet, but this is dry, zippy and great value.
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- Rose Murray Brown

JancisRobinson.com

Lovely grape juiceand citrus zest. Light and simple but with lovely floral lift on the palate.Some saline mineral notes on the finish.

15.5/20 Richard Hemming

Manchester Evening News

Now that the Click& Collect service is available at The Wine Society you can have wines likethis on your rack the following day if you've spotted a sunny weather forecast.This refreshing white ...
Now that the Click& Collect service is available at The Wine Society you can have wines likethis on your rack the following day if you've spotted a sunny weather forecast.This refreshing white is perfect for a warm day with floral aromas and crispfruit which is slightly fuller than the very light spritzy Vinho Verde.
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- Andy Cronshaw

Shropshire Star

The ultimate summerwhite: a refreshing meadow-fragrant Vinho Verde …

Sharon Waters

Portsmouth News

Made from theloureiro grape in northern Portugal where the wines of Vinho Verde are enjoyingsomething of a resurgence, this is almost the perfect summer white wine and ismade by one of the region’s...
Made from theloureiro grape in northern Portugal where the wines of Vinho Verde are enjoyingsomething of a resurgence, this is almost the perfect summer white wine and ismade by one of the region’s most respected and talked-about wine producers.This is a lovely, almost shimmering, pale green in colour with floral notes anda touch of citrus and apple on the nose, followed by a zesty, lime-led palate.This is a little fuller in style than the spritzy wines of Vinho Verde you mayremember, and all the better for it. And it’s perfect if you are going to throwsome sardines on the barbecue!
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- Alistair Gibson

Belfast Sunday Life

Made from thedelicately perfumed loureiro grape, it is light and floral but also has acitrus tang with refreshing zingy lemon and hints of minerality. This isanother easy-drinking picnic white which will...
Made from thedelicately perfumed loureiro grape, it is light and floral but also has acitrus tang with refreshing zingy lemon and hints of minerality. This isanother easy-drinking picnic white which will enhance any picnic; all you needis sunshine to make it perfect.
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- Paula Gracey

Liverpool Echo

I enjoy Vinho Verde,the Portuguese wine which has a little bit of spritz; no, it's not a sparklingwine but the occasional bubble in a young fresh wine reaches out to greet thesun. This version from...
I enjoy Vinho Verde,the Portuguese wine which has a little bit of spritz; no, it's not a sparklingwine but the occasional bubble in a young fresh wine reaches out to greet thesun. This version from the loureiro grape by one of Portugal's leadingwinemakers Anselmo Mendes, is zesty, with line-fresh character and a floraledge that nudges you and says summer is finally here. I like it.
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- Jane Clare

Western Mail

A classically styledvinho verde from Portugal and is everything you look for in a holiday wine.Nose is a windswept combination of herby, frisky fruit combining with gentlemineral tones. On the palate the...
A classically styledvinho verde from Portugal and is everything you look for in a holiday wine.Nose is a windswept combination of herby, frisky fruit combining with gentlemineral tones. On the palate the bright white fruits, mainly pear, enhance themineral note evident on the nose. A crisp grapefruit citrus note toward thecrisp refreshing conclusion. Just add grilled sardines or, as we did, found ita rather natty fit with dressed crab on sourdough toast.
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- Neil Cammies

Belfast Newsletter

Youthful, zesty andvibrantly aromatic ... This seductive, elegant Portuguese white is full ofbright, sharp citrus flavours which mingle alongside hints of mineral in thislightbodied drop, making a great...
Youthful, zesty andvibrantly aromatic ... This seductive, elegant Portuguese white is full ofbright, sharp citrus flavours which mingle alongside hints of mineral in thislightbodied drop, making a great aperitif … it will also go nicely withseafood, particularly shellfish.
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- Raymond Gleug

Scotland on Sunday

Vinho Verdewinemakers are concentrating on specific varieties from specific locations.Here Lima Valley loureiro displays perfumed but fresh, lime-based acidity thatshows why Oz Clarke likens it to young...
Vinho Verdewinemakers are concentrating on specific varieties from specific locations.Here Lima Valley loureiro displays perfumed but fresh, lime-based acidity thatshows why Oz Clarke likens it to young riesling. This works well with the appleand accompanying sweet and savoury spices.
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- Brian Elliott

Decanter

What's not to loveabout this? It's zippy with lifted floral, citrus and crisp apple fruit. Thehigh acidity with match nicely with seafood, but it is also very tasty on itsown. A great alternative...
What's not to loveabout this? It's zippy with lifted floral, citrus and crisp apple fruit. Thehigh acidity with match nicely with seafood, but it is also very tasty on itsown. A great alternative to sauvignon blanc and, at this price, it's hard tobeat.
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- Christelle Guibert

The Daily Telegraph

While many [VinhoVerde] whites are blends, this one concentrates on one variety - loureiro - andone region - Lima Valley. The result is floral, red-apple scented wine withboth an edge of sweetness and...
While many [VinhoVerde] whites are blends, this one concentrates on one variety - loureiro - andone region - Lima Valley. The result is floral, red-apple scented wine withboth an edge of sweetness and suggestions of savoury spices - enhancedriesling-style by lime acidity.
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- Brian Elliott

York Press

A real summer white,it's a refreshing meadow-fragrant wine, made from the delicate loureiro grapevariety by one of Portugal’s leading winemakers, Anselmo Mendes.

- Peter Martini

Times of Tunbridge Wells

This is a crisp,tongue-tingling, floral and limey foil for all kinds of picnic fare. Tuck in -it's a benchmark monovarietal / single-estate offering, ever so rewarding andhighly food compatible. One...
This is a crisp,tongue-tingling, floral and limey foil for all kinds of picnic fare. Tuck in -it's a benchmark monovarietal / single-estate offering, ever so rewarding andhighly food compatible. One for simply prepared seafood, hummus, salads,grilled fish (especially sardines), sandwiches, ceviche, smoked trout, salmon,mackerel, gratins or cold meats. Keep this tasty, low-alcohol gem well chilledbefore you release its zing and ping, remembering to bring your corkscrew. Adeliciously revitalising addition to your picnic basket, it's sure to rocketyou to the citrus stars.
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- James Viner

The Observer

A real summer white,it's a refreshing meadow-fragrant wine, made from the delicate loureiro grapevariety by one of Portugal’s leading winemakers, Anselmo Mendes.

- David Williams

Times of Tunbridge Wells

This is a crisp,tongue-tingling, floral and limey foil for all kinds of picnic fare. Tuck in -it's a benchmark monovarietal / single-estate offering, ever so rewarding andhighly food compatible. One...
This is a crisp,tongue-tingling, floral and limey foil for all kinds of picnic fare. Tuck in -it's a benchmark monovarietal / single-estate offering, ever so rewarding andhighly food compatible. One for simply prepared seafood, hummus, salads,grilled fish (especially sardines), sandwiches, ceviche, smoked trout, salmon,mackerel, gratins or cold meats. Keep this tasty, low-alcohol gem well chilledbefore you release its zing and ping, remembering to bring your corkscrew. Adeliciously revitalising addition to your picnic basket, it's sure to rocketyou to the citrus stars.
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- James Viner

The Observer

Anselmo Mendes hasplayed a big part in transforming the reputation of the northern PortugueseVinho Verde region thanks to pristine, aromatic, summery whites such as this,with its pear, floral and herbal...
Anselmo Mendes hasplayed a big part in transforming the reputation of the northern PortugueseVinho Verde region thanks to pristine, aromatic, summery whites such as this,with its pear, floral and herbal notes, and invigorating citrus.
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- David Williams

Plymouth Herald

This modern example[of Vinho Verde] is made with the loureiro grape. I have been a fan of thisgrape and new style of Vinho Verde for many years but had to wait until Iventured into Portugal to have the...
This modern example[of Vinho Verde] is made with the loureiro grape. I have been a fan of thisgrape and new style of Vinho Verde for many years but had to wait until Iventured into Portugal to have the opportunity to taste and sip. Not any moreas loureiro and alvarinho are now firmly on the market elaborating outstandinglight acid-based wines with sublime delicate fruit notes that are the perfectsummer sip. Made by the celebrated Anselmo Mendes it could be your new summerwine.
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- Stephen Barrett

Lynn News

Gloriously fresh andtangy with notes of pear, grapefruit and minerals, it's so much more divertingthan yet another glass of sauvignon blanc.

- Giles Luckett

Sheffield Profile

This uniquePortuguese tipple has a frizzante quality and is packed with citrussyzestiness. Perfect for al fresco quaffing on a beautiful summer's evening.

- Ellen Beardmore

Bite Magazine

... put yourself in aday where it’s warm in the shade and doesn’t threaten to require a jumper atany second, when you’re inclined to start the party in the throes of lateafternoon...
... put yourself in aday where it’s warm in the shade and doesn’t threaten to require a jumper atany second, when you’re inclined to start the party in the throes of lateafternoon because you can’t waste the day on anything practical. For this kindof gathering you need refreshment and something to offset the assortment offood that seems to appear at these impromptu moments. It’s in this Scottishutopia that we can bring in a holiday classic, albeit with a bit of a twist.Vinho Verde, star of many a summer jaunt, is perfect in this situation whereone minute you’re chatting, the next you’re involved in a water fight with theneighbours. Enter, therefore, an excellent offering from the Wine Society ... This isdelicious and has all the classic characteristics of Vinho Verde, which isknown for being light, mouth-puckeringly fresh and bone dry. This has a bitmore oomph, so often Vinho Verde has a lot of green apple and spritzy lemon andthis has an added ripeness and floral character with hints of orange blossomand ripe apricot. Which makes it infinitely more drinkable, it could take youfrom afternoon through to the evening without you tiring of it. Although it’sgreat on its own, you’d be surprised how well this can go with food,particularly if it’s of the sea. Barbecued fish, especially if it’s a bit oilylike mackerel, is an obvious pairing, as is anything that’s been fried, theacidity of the wine acting like a squeeze of lemon. Roll on the sunshine…
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Nikki Welch

The Mail on Sunday

… Good value … it’sfloral, fragrant, vivid and captivating.

- Olly Smith

Chase Magazine

A benchmark Vinho Verde that is light and spritzy.

- David Clay

JancisRobinson.com

My house white wine,my go-to for busy weekday evenings. At just 12% abv it will see you through anyearly-evening tension (my children's bedtime springs to mind), without theweight or alcohol that...
My house white wine,my go-to for busy weekday evenings. At just 12% abv it will see you through anyearly-evening tension (my children's bedtime springs to mind), without theweight or alcohol that might suck you into a Netflix vortex when you really MUST.KEEP.GOING.                                                                                                                                                                                 This wine is a particular bargain as it's got so much more flavour than theaverage Vinho Verde. The Loureiro grapes (all from the Lima sub-region) aredestemmed and spend some time with the skins before a long, cool fermentationand then four months on the lees. It is a light-bodied wine, but it's full offlavour; citrussy and super-refreshing and with more complexity and intensitythan you'd expect for the price.                                                                                                                                                                                                           This is a wine that has prompted friends to go out in search of other VinhoVerdes – greater endorsement hath no wine! The lovely packaging helps too. Itwould work as a great aperitif, or accompanying the usual suspects such as seafood,white meats, and Asian dishes. In summary, it goes with pretty much everything,and every house should have a stash of it. The producer's own notes says itwould last seven years but mine is all long gone before next month's WineSociety order.
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- Emily Lightfoot

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