What am I: Humus Flui Branco
Encosta da Quinta is a family property, home to Rodrigo Filipe and his Humus wines. Rodrigo is one of the pioneering and most experimental and exciting natural wine producers in Portugal. A self-taught viticulturist, and former civil engineer, he left that career behind to dedicate himself to the vineyards acquired by his grandfather in 1960.
The winery is located in the demarcated region of Óbidos, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Serra dos Candeeiros mountains, north of Lisbon. In this place, the focus is on natural winemaking with local varieties.
Humus Flui Branco white wine is natural, organic (bio), and vegan. The grapes used include Arinto, Fernão Pires, and Vital. The grapes come from a vineyard near the sea that has been planted with different local varieties since 1974. This vineyard utilizes organic agriculture, and harvest is carried out manually in 15 kg boxes.
Once in the winery, the Humus Flui Branco grapes are pressed immediately and the must (freshly crushed fruit juice along with the skins, seeds, and stems) is transferred to old oak barrels. Spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts takes place in the barrels, and then the wine is aged for 12 months. when it is bottled there it is not filtered or clarified, and there are no added sulfites.
A fresh, light white wine with outstanding acidity. Ripe white fruits with herbaceous notes of chamomile and a very pleasant texture.