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Solto Escola 2016, Vinho Verde, Portugal

Solto Escola 2016, Vinho Verde, Portugal

Perfect on a warm summer’s eve; light, a mere 12%, and refreshing with vibrant citrus and peach fruits. Despite the lightness, it has good concentration and length. Great value for money too.

We drank this with some queen scallops simply seared with butter and lemon juice.

Vinho Verde has come on in leaps and bounds; these days fewer semi-sweet green herbaceous wines and more light succulent and concentrated versions that are perfect with shellfish. Anselmo Mendes seems to have a hand in just about everything that is going on in this part of Portugal. Not only does he have his own winery (available through Wines on the Green) but he advises a number of other producers too. Including this one.

€13.95 from Searsons, Monkstown, searsons.com; Brady’s, Shankhill, bradysshankhill.ie; Bradleys Off-licence, Cork, bradleysofflicence.ie; The Cinnamon Cottage, Cork, cinnamoncottage.ie; Jus de Vine, Portmarnock, jusdevine.ie; J.J. Fields, Skibbereen, fieldsofskibbereen.com; Lilac Wines, Dublin 3, lilacwines.ie; Martin’s Off Licence, Dublin 3, martinsofflicence.ie; Deveney’s, Dundrum; Objekt, Newcastle West, object.ie

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Fossil 2013, Vale de Capucha, VR Lisboa, Portugal

Fossil 2013, Vale de Capucha, VR Lisboa, Portugal

IMG_4469 €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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