Phaunus Loueiro


Aphros Phaunus Loueiro, Vinho Verde, Portugal  2019 (750ml)


Pouring slightly cloudy in the glass, this rings with tight apricot oil, elderflower, marmalade, tangerine peel and pith. Ample tight nimble pithiness grips along the sides. Very alive, long, and vibrant in the mouth, finishing with lightly warming honeycomb. Pure, clean, focused amber wine, surprisingly concentrated for 11.5%, and a lovely different view of Loureiro.


Hard 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. 

Varietal: Loureiro
Orange Wine
Natural, Organic, Biodynamic
Residual Sugar: <1 g/L
11.5% alc./vol