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Aphros Phaunus Loureiro
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16½/20

Aphros Phaunus Loureiro 2019

Vinhos Verde, Northern Portugal, PortugalHard to be more natural than Aphros' founder and winemaker Vasco Croft. He made this wine, and others in the Phaunus range, without electricity. This biodynamically farmed and produced loureiro was crushed, destemmed, and pressed by hand power, then native fermented on skins in a large beeswax-lined talha (the traditional clay amphorae of Alentejo) for 7 months before it was bottled without filtration. Pouring a hazy light yellow hue, this is teeming with wildflower honey, apricot pith, elderflower, tangerine marmalade, lime pith, riding a buzzy mineral base to an apricot oil finish. Very much alive, and harmonious, with fantastic presence for its 11%.Tasted: 25 January 2021Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: ON 37.95 consignment Producer: AphrosDistributors: Le Sommelier Inc.
Grape: LoureiroUPC: 5060032904306