Chocapalha Arinto

Arinto bottle image

Wine Description

A pure expression of Arinto sourced from 26 year old vineyards 28 miles northwest of Lisbon, this refreshing white is vinified in stainless steel vats and aged for 5 months on the lees before bottling.

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“The 2017 Arinto is unoaked and comes in at 12.5% alcohol. In bottle about 90 days when tasted, this was in good shape. Chocapalha consistently overachieves with this inexpensive Arinto, and this is another fine vintage. Showing beautiful tension and fine concentration for the level, this is focused, tightly wound, fresh and persistent. I hate to sound like a broken record, but this one, the 2016 and 2015 all seem to be on par. You certainly won't be disappointed at this price level.”
— Wine Advocate, Aug 2018
“Old-vine Arinto has been selected for this wine for its fragrance, delicious fruit and good acidity. The wine is lively, perfumed and crisply textured.”
— Wine Enthusiast, Feb 2019
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Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard name
Vineyard size
13 acres
Soil composition
Calcareous and Clay
Training method
825 feet
2.4 tons
Northern / Southern
Harvest time:
mid September
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Winemaking & Aging
Maceration length:
Varietal composition:
100% Arinto
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
27 days
Fermentation temperature:
54 °F
Malolactic fermentation:
Type of aging container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of aging before bottling:
6 months
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Analytical Data
No relevant data were found.
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Wine Production

A slow fermentation taking 27 days allows for the development of floral and citrus aromoatics and the 5 months on the lees softens the bracing acidity of the Arinto grape.