Wednesday, February 14, 2018

THE BACK LABEL AMUSES ME MORE THAN THE WINE

Am I the only one that reads the back labels on wine bottles. This one refers to "the Lusitano Horse, a brave companion since the time of the Roman legionnaires 5000 years ago". 
They would have been a surprise to everyone at the time!

And the wine? It's a very steely austere dry white without much discernible fruit. A perfectly acceptable quaffer if you like the style. There's absolutely nothing wrong with it but I'm enjoying others far more.
CAVALO BRAVO 2016 VINHO BRANCO
GRAPE VARIETIES: Fermao Pires and Arinto
REGION: Tejo, Portugal
A/V: 12.5% 
PRICE: 2.19 euro 
FROM: Continente,Portugal
RATING: 3/5 from me 

NOWHERE NEAR AS GOOD AS THEIR STRAIGHT ALVARINHO



Under the same label you can buy an infinitely more impressive wine for just 1 euro more. See the previous post.

SELECCAO de ENOFILAS 2016 VINHO VERDE
GRAPE VARIETIES: Alvarinho and Trajadura
REGION: Vinho Verde, Portugal
A/V: 11.5% 
PRICE: 2.99 euro 
FROM: Intermarche, Portugal
RATING: 3/5 from me 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

THE PERFECT VINHO VERDE


As a style Vinho Verde is all over the place. Which means if you tasted some of the shockers we have as your first experience, you'd never try the stuff again.
On the other hand, if you were lucky enough to grab this, you may just have found your all time favourite white. This is all about sheer dazzling drinkability. It's a crisp dry white in perfect balance. Just grab a bottle because I reckon this defines the style at a ridiculously affordable price.


SELECCAO de ENOFILAS 2016 VINHO VERDE
GRAPE VARIETIES: Albarino
REGION: Vinho Verde, Portugal
A/V: 12.5% 
PRICE: 3.99 euro 
FROM: Intermarche, Portugal
RATING: 5/5 from me 

ONE LITRE OF ALMOST OUR FAVOURITE RIESLING

It's not quite as mind bogglingly stunning as Aldi Spain's German Riesling raved about in January but Aldi Portugal's offering is pretty damn good. 
As compensation it's a little cheaper plus it comes in a litre bottle WITH A SCREWCAP!!!! Happy days.  If you're looking for a medium dry white with definite varietal flavour this one is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser. Very highly recommended.


FEINHERB 1000ml Riesling
GRAPE VARIETIES: Riesling
REGION: Pfalz, Germany
A/V: 10.5% 
PRICE: 2.99 euro 
FROM: Aldi, Portugal
RATING: 4.5/5 from me 

WHY WOULD YOU BOTHER?

These are perfectly pleasant lagers and at .89 euro the Kings Brau is the equal of the other two at 1.19 euro. They're all 500 ml cans and all purchased at Intermarche. Just not particularly good value and not overly inspiring. You can buy so much better. A generous 3/5 rating at best.

Kings Brau 4.8% a/v
Sagres 5% a/v
Super Bock 5.2% a/v
 

Monday, February 5, 2018

TWO OUTSTANDING RIDICULOUS VALUE MARK DOWNS

It's easy to be sceptical about markdowns of this magnitude. Why so savage? And were they worth the original asking price. 
I don't know the answer to the first question but I can certainly answer "YES!" to the second.
These are two big, robust reds with plenty of everything. There's tannin, wood by the barrel load and lashings of complex fruit. Drink now with plenty of breathing or cellar indefinitely. 
If I lived in Portugal I'd be buying a few dozen of each.





Mula Velha 2016 Premium Red
GRAPE VARIETIES: Syrah, Touriga Nacional, Alicante Bouchet
REGION: Lisboa, Portugal
A/V: 13.5% 
PRICE: 2.99 euro [marked down from 10]
     FROM: Continente, Portugal
     RATING: 5/5 from me 

Rovisco Pais 2016 Premium Red
GRAPE VARIETIES: Touriga, Cabernet, Aragones [Tempranillo]
REGION: A/V: 14.5% 
PRICE: 3.89 euro [marked down from 13] 
FROM: Continente, Portugal
RATING: 5/5 from me 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR SUMMER - GATAO ROSE

I can't find a vintage and I have no idea what grapes are in the bottle. But it's in that wonderfully generic Portuguese Rose bottle and it won't surprise you that it has a little touch of sweetness. What makes it work though is a really subtle spritzig that elevates this way out of the ordinary. Alcohol is low and I'd consider throwing some ice cubes in to make it a serious quaffer on a hot summer's day. It has enough flavour to handle it.

GRAPE VARIETIES: ?????
A/V: 10.5%
PRICE: 2.99 euro 
FROM: Intermarche, Portugal
RATING: 4.5/5 from me 

HERE'S DON SIMON, THE SANGRIA FROM LA MANCHA

After three months on the Iberian Peninsula it was time to endure a Sangria. Although others tasting it disagreed I thought it was perfectly OK. No pretensions and ticked all the boxes. They suggest serving it "Really Cold". I suggest taking it to near freezing and add a chunk of ice cubes and soda water to give it some sparkle. That will also reduce the sweetness if it's too much for you.

It was what it was and no-one could complain about the price.
   



GRAPE VARIETIES: I'm sure there are some
REGION: It's produced in La Mancha
A/V: 7% 
PRICE: 1.85 euro 
 FROM: Intermarche, Portugal
RATING: 4/5 from me