Drinking Outside The Box

With Simon Woods – wine for people who have a life

A trio of Douro Whites from Quinta da Romaneira November 12, 2014 at 12:23 pm

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All of these are just 12% alcohol, not what you expect from a warm region. And very tasty they are too…

Sino da Romaneira White 2013, Douro, Portugal (~£18 contact Liberty Wines)
Tangy, crunchy style, ripe pear is the thing you notice first (a bit like in Bordeaux Sauvignon), then some crisp ripe apple, with all the flavours pepped up by a herby character and a minerally underbelly. S(-)

Quinta da Romaneira White 2013, Douro, Portugal (£18 contact Liberty Wines)
Same blend as the above, but feels like riper grapes, and the Malvasia has been oak-fermented. So while there’s a similarly sprightly, stony/slatey mineral character and the green apple flavours, there’s also a richer honeyed honeysuckle note. Really like this… S(+)

Quinta da Romaneira Verdelho 2013, Douro, Portugal (~£18 contact Liberty Wines)
The orchard fruit and mineral notes remain, but this has more exotic fruit flavours – guava, passionfruit – than the above wine. But while it’s louder in flavour, there’s not as broad a spectrum of flavours – in other words it’s simpler. S-

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