Wine Tasting Video: Whites from Rueda, Rias Baixas, Languedoc, Terra Alta & Alentejo


Marquês de Borba Alentejo Branco 2011, Portugal (£8.70 Tanners)
Quite full in flavour but with enough citrus acidity to rein it in, this combines taut lemon and nectarine flavours with a fleshier, nuttier peach and apricot kernel side to good effect. Just let down by a slightly jelly-like finish. B(+)

Castillo de la Luna Rueda Verdejo 2011,  Spain (£8.49 Virgin Wines)
Sappy style, opens up to show weighty peach and ripe citrus fruit, perfectly decent, but a little flat on the finish. B(-)

Finca Arantei Rías Baixas Albariño 2011,  Spain (£11-12 All About Wine, Butlers Wine Cellar)
Alluring, musky aromas, then a cocktail of zesty grapefruit and tender apricot flavours, with a lovely nutty finish. S

HdR Grenache Vermentino Pays des Côtes de Thau 2011, Languedoc, France (£8.99 Virgin Wines)
There’s the fresh citrus and pine edge of Vermentino, but it’s slightly submerged by the plump peachy character of Grenache, rounded and fleshy but could be crisper. B-

La Multa Catalana Old Vine Garnacha Blanco 2011. Terra Alta, Spain (£9.99 Virgin Wines)
More of that plump peachy Grenache fruit, but here there’s also a tender floral note (honeysuckle) and a touch of honey to add complexity, rounded and confident, and carries its 14% alcohol well. S-

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