Aphros produces wines that are an expression of their region, reflecting the unique soil conditions and varietals that are exclusive to the Vinho Verde region of Portugal. Vasco Croft leads this project as winemaker, with Rui Cunha as a consultant winemaker. The Aphros team harvests from 3 different Quintas, the oldest of which dates back to the 16 century. The sites are farmed using biodynamic techniques, producing harmony between soil, plants, animals, and human activity. No artificial chemicals are added to the soil and only natural compost and manure is used for fertilization. The wines that result from this care of the land are part of the “Slow Wine Movement” that is happening across Portugal.
The body is naturally slightly cloudy, with quiet bubbles issuing a bready scent of pears and cider. The fine-textured mousse fizzes into a saline mouthful of pome fruit, but it’s also faintly grapefruity, and the wine departs in a clatter of salty minerals.