Wine: Portuguese whites - a match to most ethnic dishes
Published 07/02/2016 | 02:30
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.
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