As regular readers will know, we have been on the lookout for new wines from Iberia’s less well known wine producer, Portugal, for some time. Feedback so far from the first tranche of new lines has been overwhelmingly positive with Quinta de Raza Arinto Vinho Verde and Elfa Tinto, Casa de Mouraz from Dao making a real splash.
Laurence talked us through the styles and regions and explained why wines from Portugal are amongst our favourites back in June. This October we will be extending our range even further and running one of our strongest ever promotions. Anyone who buys six Portuguese still wines will get 25% off the cost. If you take advantage of this offer you will also be placed in a draw to win a bottle of vintage port.
As part of our focus on Portugal we have two exciting, special tastings this month. On October 16 at the Chiswick shop, Portuguese wine expert, Sarah Ahmed, will take us through a selection of her favourite wines which we stock. And on the October 23 at Kew, Sophia Bergqvist, the owner of Quinta de la Rosa, will be opening some of the wines, ports and olive oil from her family estate. Tickets for both events cost £10 and can be booked by calling the shops (Chiswick 020 8994 8184 and Kew 020 8940 4482) or popping in.
Finally, here is my pick of the new Portuguese wines:
Quinta da Raza Vinhao, Vinho Verde 2013
While Vinho Verde has come to prominence in the UK as a light refreshing white with just a hint of spritz, 50 years ago the primary output of the region was in fact red. Reds are still produced, often from the Vinhao variety which is tricky to work with. Interestingly the flesh of the grapes is red as well as the skin which results in a wine which is vibrant and lively in appearance. The wine itself has juicy acidity, cherry fruit and an ever so gentle spritz. Perfect with pork.
Bottle price £11.25; case price £10.25
Quinta do Ameal Loureiro 2012
Sourced form 12 hectares of organically grown Loureiro vines above the Rio Lima, this wine has low alcohol and food-friendly salinity. Yields are kept to a fraction of what is permitted which results in great concentration and complexity on the palate.
Bottle price £16.50 case price £14.50
Monte de Peceguina Tinto, Alentejo 2012
Produced by the ranch-like Malhadinha Nova estate to exacting and uncompromising levels of quality. Grapes are trodden by foot in lagares but fermented in more modern tanks to allow greater control over the wine making. The finished wine has beautiful, precise fruit expression on the nose and palate. Balanced by savoury tannins and zippy acidity, making it a perfect partner for one of the estates award winning acorn fed pigs.
Bottle price £20.00; case price £18.00