A very fresh and juicy red made from a small, field-blend parcel of old-fashioned red and white Douro varieties taken form vines that range from 70-90 years old. The result is a wine is full of wild forest fruit, a bit of natural funkiness and lots of berries like strawberry, raspberry and pomegranate with a kick of natural cranberry sourness. Plenty of fresh acidity adds juiciness and balances the peppery, rustic, grippy tannins, making for quite a punchy light red. Earthy minerality adds extra complexity and the finish is long and moreish.
Try this with some herby lamb cutlets.
"Arribas make wine as pure as possible from their field blends of old vine grapes. This is a punchy, fresh red that has some zippy acidity, lovely pure fruit and earthy complexity. A lovely red for someone a little further long their natural wine journey."
Arribas Wine Company was founded in 2017, in Bemposta, Mogadouro. They aim to produce authentic wines, based in regional varieties, from old vineyards and using traditional techniques, as well as a degree of innovation. To achieve this they strive to farm their vineyards as sustainably and respectfully as possible, and to make wines in a minimalistic way. Inspired by their peers and family roots this is a hands-on “garagista” winery where the level of intervention in winemaking matches that of the viticulture. These are wines on the edge, and captivating.
The 2020 growing season experienced a more rigorous and long winter and a mild summer except for a few very hot days. The grapes used to make Saroto Red 2020 were hand harvested into 20 kg cases over the last week of August. They were foot trodden in a traditional lagar, macerated for 4 days allowing the juice to start fermenting naturally with indigenous yeast and without temperature control (wild fermentation). After this period, the grapes were pressed and racked into used French Oak Barrels where alcoholic and malolactic fermentations were finished. The wine aged for 9 months on these barrels on fine lees. This wine is unfined and unfiltered and may present deposit over time.