Wine Tasting Video: White wines from Vinho Verde, Rias Baixas, Valdeorras & Rueda

Raza Vinho Verde 2012, Portugal (£9.50-£10 Harvey Nichols, Selfridges)
Clean zippy young wine with a slight fizz/spritz, bracing appley citrus freshness, some briny Atlantic bite and quite a fleshy but still refreshing finish. B+

Tercius Vinho Verde Alvarinho 2012, Portugal (£10.99 Marks & Spencer)
Like a cross between Viognier and Riesling, this combines quite an exotic pear, peach and nut kernel core of flavour with a more steely restraint and mineral purity, and chucks in a dose of saltiness for good measure. S-

The Exquisite Collection Albariño 2011, Rías Baixas, Spain (£5.99 Aldi)
Quite a full, rich style, with nut kernel and peach to the fore and just enough pithy acidity to keep it fresh. B

Rafael Palacios Bolo Godello 2012, Valdeorras, Spain (£9.95 The Wine Society)
Lovely wine offering ripe peachy citrus and pear flesh with extra nutty creamy notes and then reining it all in with an almost Chablis-like stony minerality. Tasty now, but I think there’s still more to come from this. S

Brezos del Valle Rueda Verdejo 2011, Spain (£11.50 Tesco)
Like Sauvignon without the shriek, this is full in flavour and texture but still crisp, with notes of apples, greengage and pear, hints of herbs and freshly cut grass and a pleasing citrus tang on the finish. S(-)

Finca Constancia Parcela 52 Verdejo 2011, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla, Spain (£9.99 The General Wine Company, Ocado, Rollings Wines, Vinea)
I like the flavours of zingy citrus and fleshier pear, but the attempt to add extra layers of richness through oak aging hasn’t been a complete success – think I’d have preferred it in oak-free form. B(-)

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