Portuguese Whites from the Alentejo & Vinho Verde

Both of these had my mouth watering

Anselmo Mendes ‘Muros Antigos’ Loureiro Vinho Verde 2013, Portugal (£11.50 Bottle Apostle, Theatre of Wine)
Clean, fresh style, with zesty citrus and apple flavours but also a pithy bite – think grapefruit pith – that would suggest some skin contact has brought a touch of tannin. Sardines please. B+

Susana Esteban Aventura Branco 2013, Alentejo, Portugal (£14.99 Bottle Apostle, Wine Utopia, Define Food & Wine)
Really nice balance between quite weighty, even creamy lychee and guava like richness, taut citrus and greengage freshness, and aromatic herb and mineral bite. Very tasty now, but I’d be interested to see what a couple more years in bottle would do. S(-)

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