Wine Tasting Video: Five Portuguese Whites


Adega de Monção, Vinho Verde, 2010, Portugal (was £5.95 The Wine Society)
Quite a lot of Alka-Seltzer-like spritz and saltiness, with a touch of sherbet to go alongside the tight, lean apple & pear flavours, bring on the oily fish. B(+)

Crasto Douro Branco 2010, Portugal (£8.95 The Wine Society)
Intriguing mix of an almost gunflint-y Loire Sauvignon-like minerality with fuller, fleshier peach melba and apple flesh. Very tasty. S-

Cabriz Dão Branco Colheita Seleccionada 2010, Portugal (was £6.95 The Wine Society)
More gunflint-y mineral here, but while this is dry with pleasant peachiness allied to a more savoury/briny edge, it’s maybe a touch too soft. B(-)

Herdade do Esporão Monte Velho Branco 2010, Alentejo, Portugal (£6.75 The Wine Society)
Can’t get too exited here. There’s vague peach and (tinned) pear fruit, and a slight mineral edge, but it lacks aroma and complexity. C+

Herdade do Esporão Verdelho 2010, Alentejo, Portugal (was £8.50 The Wine Society)
This is more like it, nicely textured wine with an almost gritty quince and pear character, touches of walnut and creamy vanilla and a solid, slightly savoury finish. B+

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