Azores Wine Company 2018 Branco Vulcanico, Azores IG

Azores Wine Company 2018 Branco Vulcanico, Azores IG

Item Number: 13753

UPC: 5-600869590060

Country: Portugal
Region: Azores
Sub Region: Pico
Appellation/AVA: Pico DO
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): 50% Arinto dos Açores / 50% Verdelho
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Soil Type: Volcanic basalt
Case Production: 1167

Winemaking Notes: The fruit for this wine is sourced from sustainably farmed vineyards that are planted in volcanic basalt. Grapes were carefully sorted and racked to small stainless steel tanks for fermentation. Wine was aged for 8 months in stainless steel with extended lees contact.

Tasting Notes: Light straw with notes of green around the rim. On the nose, tropical but intensely maritime, with pineapple and passion fruit interwoven with seaweed, wet stone and sea spray. Salty and intensely mineral driven on the palate, with a surprising depth of fruit that is balanced by the minerality and focused acidity through the middle.

Pairing Notes: This is a wine that performs beautifully with all sorts of seafood, owing to its salinity and minerality. Shellfish and freshly prepared fish dishes are brilliant pairs.

Featured in International Wine Review's ' The Azores Wine Company: Volcanic Wines from the Azores ' July 10, 2020
"The Branco Vulcánico is a blend of 50% Arinto and 50% Verdelho. It displays floral notes on the nose with hints of herbal tea and minerals. Full and round on the palate, it offers flavors of citrus and dried herbs with hints honey. It is crisp with good acidity and has a pleasant finish."

91pts (2019 Vintage) Wine Advocate 1/29/2021
"The 2019 Branco Vulcânico is mostly Arinto dos Açores, with 15% Verdelho. It is unoaked and comes in at 11.6% alcohol. Bright and a little mouth puckering, this is another nice performance—and for a bit less money. It is just beautiful, and it holds its own pretty well with the regular Arinto, which seems fairly similar in style. Elegant, fresh and lively, it dances across the tongue with a light touch in terms of weight, but it enlivens the palate with its acidity. There's a hint of spice on the finish. It's probably the least concentrated of the whites this issue, but its lively demeanor makes it enticing. This blend is a relatively good value point in the lineup."


  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (8/30/2019)

    The 2018 Branco Vulcânico is mostly Arinto dos Açores, plus 15% Verdelho. It is unoaked and comes in at 12.5% alcohol, and with a pH of 3.5. Winemaker Antonio Maçanita says that this comes in between the regular Arinto and the Arinto Sur Lie in style. Fresh, a little spicy and very perky, this shows reasonable concentration, a long finish and some notable grip. It is also well integrated and balanced, though. I'm not sure this felt like a long-ager to me, but Antonio assured me that he never had a wine from the Azores that was dead, and this will last "forever."