What am I: Adega Viúva Gomes / Pirata da Viuva Malvasia
Adega Viúva Gomes Colares was established in 1808. Colares is a demarcated wine-growing region defined in 1908. Viúva Gomes is one of the last remaining classic producers in Colares, Portugal’s most idiosyncratic region.
A clifftop area, bordered on one side by the Atlantic Ocean, with vines planted directly in ocean-born sands, Colares is unique worldwide. These are some of the only vines in Europe to have escaped the Phylloxera epidemic of the 19th century. Colares wines are treasured by collectors who seek a vinous window into the true nature of uncorrupted and undiluted old-world wines.
Due to their specific terroir, Viúva Gomes’ wines present a vibrant character. Dominated by sea storms and the southern influence of the Sintra hillsides, it is a temperate region, and creates fresh and salty wines, with a lighter structure and high acidity.
Today, the 4th and 5th generations are working together to keep the traditional Colares wines alive. While respecting tradition, the father and son have also looked forward, embracing creativity by seeking and exploring new winemaking paths. Pirata is the fruit of these new paths.
Viuva Gomes / Pirata da Viuva Malvasia Branco is spontaneously fermented and staged entirely in inox to ensure that nothing is present except the character of the fruit. Nothing is added except a minimum of sulfur.
The palate is very drinkable – quaffable and glou-glou. It is a straw-colored wine, with an aroma of fresh tropical fruit, with herbaceous touches. Full of acidity, this wine has a precise finish, balancing the fruit with the minerality.