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2018 Sem Igual "Sem Mal" Vinho Verde

SKU #1440217 Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Smells very fresh, of lemons and just-ripe pear. Bone dry, extremely tightly wound and crisp with some green apple on the palate. The fizz is subtle and the whole is intensely refreshing. The acid is high but the whole is in balance, light on its feet and perfect on a very warm day. Persists on the finish. 16.5/20 points. (JH) Inner quote mark (7/2019)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Sem Mal, an unoaked 70/30 blend of Azal and Arinto, is the quirkiest of this winery's new brands. (Colloquially, "sem mal" roughly means "no harm," but if fully spelled out, it means "no malic acid"—the winery's little joke here). This had malolactic fermentation in the bottle, which means "natural CO2 in the bottle from the malo fermentation...CO2 protects the wine from oxidation...No sulfites needed....With sulfites, the malo could not happen in the bottle," said João. It comes in with just 1.5 grams of residual sugar as against 8.2 grams of total acidity, plus 11.2% alcohol. In addition to there being no added sulfites, overall it's near zero I'm told. It retains some fizz from fermentation in the bottle. (MS) Inner quote mark (8/2019)

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