Loureiro Lead variety in Lima, Vinho Verde: floral, citrus-driven (grapefruit, lime), mineral palate.
See also: Portugal: whites to excite
Encruzado Lead variety in Dão: impressive acid organize underpins ageworthiness; both lemony, unoaked wines showing pear and quince, and riper, oaked, lees-stirred examples. Resinous edge on the palate.
Arinto Lead variety in Bucelas: racy acidity deftly balances ripe tropical fruit.
Síria Lead variety in Beira Interior: best from ancient vines/ elevated vineyards (700m above sea level) – lip-smacking, citrus-fuelled with strong minerality, especially those with a dash of Fonte Cal.
See also: Sarah Ahmed’s 22 exciting Portuguese whites
Bical & Maria Gomes Mainstays of Bairrada blends: the former peachy, the latter showing colorless orchard fruits with
Rabigato, Viosinho, Gouveio & Códega do Larinho Mainstays of Douro blends: vegetal, lemony, leafy, mineral notes abound; excellent mouthfeel.
Antão Vaz & Roupeiro Classic Alentejo blending partners: weighty, tropical citrus flavours marry well with oak; Arinto brings persistence and balance.
Sarah Ahmed is the Decanter World Wine Awards Regional Chair for Portugal.
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