Leira Seca is a white wine blend made from Alvarinho and Trajadura grape varieties and these come from 10 hectares of vineyards planted in 15 parcels on the slope of Paderne near Melgaco, in the Alto Minho, the top Alvarinho growing region in Portugal. The vines are mostly over 20 years old, and are managed with a low input and on an environmentally friendly basis (minimal usage of insecticides, pesticides etc). The wine has a bright, clear citrus straw colour with greenish glints. The nose shows is fruity with aromas of lemon and lime citrus fruits. The palate is robust, yet elegant, with traces of tropical fruits, crisp freshness and a good, clean, lengthy finish.
2015 was a superb year in the vineyard with good levels of rainfall in the winter and a relatively dry growing season, fruit was in optimum condition and picked well before the rain in order to maintain the high levels of acidity, balance and freshness in the wines.
The grapes were picked at optimum ripeness, with high acidity contents and balanced sugar levels. After selection, the fruit was 100% destemmed and the fermentation took place in stainless steel vats with 8 to 15 days of skin maceration. 15% of the wine was aged in used French oak barrels for 12 months.
Medium brick red colour, with a wonderful fresh, active aroma, and a clean precise aroma of dark cherries with some floral undertones and a spicy, balsamic rustic profile. On the palate, it is more robust than the previous year, with a markedly rustic profile. Once again a superb drinkability owing to its balance and elegance, this wine very much exhibits the uncomplicated style that we set out to achieve.