The earlier 2015 vintage was awarded 87 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of Douro Table Wines (see blue link below). It is subjective, of course, but we judge the 2016 to be of at least a very similar quality based on the producer's data: the acidity is a little higher and the alcohol a little lower, yielding more freshness in a class of wine that can, to some, taste a little "hot".
This excellent - and wonderful value - white blend (of new fewer than 7 different varietals!) comes from relatively high-altitude vineyards above the river Douro. The grapes were harvested by hand in the highlands and plateaus of the region and were selected for their balance between phenolic maturity and excellent freshness.
Bright lemon in colour. On the nose, intense floral aromas stand out, as well as citrus fruits, tropical fruits, white stone fruits and light asparagus aromas. It has lively acidity which is well integrated on the palate. The finish is elegant and harmonious.
Awarded 88 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of Duoro Table Wines (see blue link below).
This premium Douro white blend, based around the Viosinho grape, was sourced from Ferreirinha's Quinta do Sairrão estate located at a high altitude in the Cima Corgo region.
Vinha Grande Douro Branco 2015 has a golden colour with citric nuances. It has an intense aroma, with white and tropical fruit standing out, as well as floral notes, light minerality and well-integrated discrete wood which gives it good complexity. It has good volume and lively acidity on the palate, giving it notable freshness, with hints of white fruit and light asparagus. Its finish is long, elegant and balanced.
Bright and clear with a light citric colour; Some evident tropical aromas reminding of pineapple, mango and also citrines. Fruity blended with interesting floral notes. It presents itself with a soft minerality, very well balanced and medium structure.
Fruity, floral notes, fresh and well balanced.
The nose is aromatic green apple, melon and white peach. The palate is balanced, smooth with a generous texture and a touch of petillance. White peach, apples and tangerine on the palate leading to a long, crisp finish.
Rated as number 33 in Decanter's 'Most Exciting Wines of 2016' (www.decanter.com) in their January 2017 edition (see blue link below).
A fine modern Vinho Verde, with aromas of apple and grapefruit alongside herbal notes. The palate is medium-bodied and refreshing, with the classic touch of spritz.
Pale straw in colour, this presents a taut mineral nose, with delicate orchard fruit refreshed by citrus nuances and white flowers. The palate reflects the nose in its restraint, a refreshing change form oak-emblazoned Chardonnay, elegant and poised and punctuated by stony minerals. Attractively-balanced, it shows well with or without food.