Espinhosos 2016 blends the grape varieties Avesso and Chardonnay produced at the estate. Both varietals are grown using sustainable farming practices with the vineyards in a conversion process to biological production.
The winter of 2015 and the firrst quarter of 2016 had occasional, but intense, rain with above average minimum temperatures. Spring was marked by strong and intense rain in April, which extended until the 2nd fortnight of May, marking the beginning of the vegetative cycle with maximum tem- peratures below the average of the previous year and causing strong mildew attacks in the region. From a wine-growing point of view, it was a particularly dificult year which required special attention in the fight against this disease.
Summer was characterized by an absence of precipitation, and above average maximum temperatures, with the exception of three days of heavy rainfall in September.
The harvest in Quinta dos Espinhosos took place on the 26th of September, by varietals, with the bunches achieving perfect maturation and exceptional aromatic concentration.