Tuesday 28 February 2017

Wine: Portuguese whites - a match to most ethnic dishes

Liam Campbell

White wine from Portugal.
White wine from Portugal.
1. Herdade dos Grous 2014
2. Dom Campos 2014, Casa Ermelinda Freitas
3. Vinho Verde 2014, Quinta da Aveleda
4. Vinha do Monte 2012, Herdade do Peso, V.R. Alentejano 13pc
5. Arinto 2014, Prova Régia, V.R. Lisboa
6. Síria 2014, Quinta do Cardo, DOC Beira Interior
7. Alvarinho & Louriero 2014, Allo, V.R. Minho
8. Alvarinho Contacto 2014, Anselmo Mendes, DOC Vinho Verde
9. Moncao Melgaco 2014, Muros Antigos, DOC Vinho Verde

Portuguese cuisine can be an eclectic mix ranging from the traditional salted fish stew to the exotic influence of former colonies in Asia and the Orient. A match to most ethnic dishes, salty or piquant are Portugal's white wines.

1) Wine of the week: Herdade dos Grous 2014, V.R. Alentejano 13.5pc

Feminine and full-bodied style. Exceptional and tasty white blossom and white fleshed fruits deliver pure pleasure.

€16.95 at La Touche Greystones; Fallon & Byrne; Donnybrook Fair; Corkscrew; Fresh outlets; Nectar; On The Grapevine; Power & Co. Lucan; Whelehans Wines; D Six and Hole in the Wall.

2) Dom Campos 2014, Casa Ermelinda Freitas, V.R. Peninsula de Setúbal 12.5pc

Zesty aromas and a fruit basket of flavours with apples and pears finishing on the long after-taste.

€8.99 at Spar, Eurospar, Mace and Londis nationwide.

3) Vinho Verde 2014, Quinta da Aveleda 11pc

Grapefruit peel aromas. Intensely flavoured with grapefruit flesh and a tingling zesty finish.

€13.50 at Wine Centre Kilkenny and 1601, Kinsale. In Dublin: Drink Store, Manor Street; Vintry, Rathgar; McHugh's, Kilbarrack & Malahide Roads; Clontarf Wines and Coolers, Swords.

4) Vinha do Monte 2012, Herdade do Peso, V.R. Alentejano 13pc

Earthy bouquet with notes of bees' wax. Red apple flavours in a softer style with milder acidity.

€13.99 at Bradley's, North Main Street, Cork. In Dublin at Higgin's, Clonskeagh and Beaumont House off-licence, Beaumont.

5) Arinto 2014, Prova Régia, V.R. Lisboa 12.5pc

Pure citrus aromas. Very satisfying with mineral notes underpinning the lemony palate.

€13.99 at O'Brien's nationwide; O'Donovan's Cork citywide; McGuinness, Dundalk; Wine Shop, Perrystown; Red Island, Skerries; Power, Lucan; Blackrock Cellar; Drink Store; Liston's; Green Man Wines and Morton's.

6) Síria 2014, Quinta do Cardo, DOC Beira Interior 13pc

Perfumed with a concentrated zesty lime and crunchy green apple palate from the Síria organically grown grapes.

€14.95 at La Touche Greystones; Fallon & Byrne; Corkscrew; Fresh outlets; Nectar; D-Six; Deveney's; Coach House and Wine Well, Dunboyne.

7) Alvarinho & Louriero 2014, Allo, V.R. Minho 11pc

Light in body and alcohol highlighted by the Louriero's persistent salty minerality from entry to long finish.

€15.95 at Morton's, Ranelagh and Galway and jnwine.com.

8) Alvarinho Contacto 2014, Anselmo Mendes, DOC Vinho Verde 13pc

Delicious ripe apple and mineral flavours interwoven with lemony acidity.

€17.99 in Dublin at Nolan's, Clontarf; Celtic Whiskey Shop & Wines on the Green, Dawson Street; Baggot Street Wines; Clontarf Wines; Sweeney's, Glasnevin and Blackrock Cellar, Blackrock.

9) Moncao Melgaco 2014, Muros Antigos, DOC Vinho Verde 12.5pc

Talcum powder perfume followed by a mineral and lemon streak on the palate.

€17.99 in Dublin at Celtic Whiskey Shop & Wines on the Green, Dawson Street and Nolan's, Clontarf. Cases Wine Warehouse, Galway.

Tasting notes

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