Fossil 2013, Vale de Capucha, VR Lisboa, Portugal
€16.95 from Green Man Wines, Terenure; Baggot Street Wines; Gibney’s, Malahide.
A light herbal nose, textured on the palate with peaches and a strong saline mineral element.
Drink with all manner of seafood.
Located eight kilometres from the Atlantic coast, the Vale de Capucha vineyards are maritime and humid. Pedro Marques aims for wines that reflect both climate and the limestone soils. His white wines are fascinating; textured and broad, with complex fruits. They are a world away from the aromatic Sauvignon Blancs that are so prevalent. Warning: stocks are being eeked out as the producer has run out. Also available in Heron & Grey, Bastible, L’Ecrivan, Black Pig Wine Bar and other restaurants. If you can’t find it, seek out his other excellent white wine as featured in my blog of 11th March last.
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