Wines of Portugal Grand Tasting

Wines of Portugal Grand Tasting

With Spring comes the new wine releases and the Grand Tasting tour of the Wines of Portugal. An opportunity to be reminded of old favourites and also discover some new wines. This can be a double edged sword as not all the wines are available to purchase in BC. For this tasting I targeted white and rosé wines with only a small sampling of red wines.

Here is what I tasted and enjoyed:

CASA AGRICOLA HMR

POUSIO selection white 2017 Regional Wine AlentejoCastesAntão Vaz, Verdelho, Alvarinho

Analytical Data

Alcohol Content 13.5% (v / v) pH 3.36

Total Acidity 5.7 g / l Sugar 0.5 g / l

Service Temperature

9oC to 10oC

Bottle

Bordalesa Seduction

Oenologists

Luís Duarte Nuno Elias

A 2017 White from the Alentejo region. Grapes: Antão Vaz, Alvarinho, Verdelho

 

CASA ERMELINDA FREITAS

 

Vinha do Torrão 

Regional Península de Setúbal

Varieties
33% Verdelho, 33% Antão Vaz, 33% Fernão Pires
Harvest
Late August
Origin
Vineyards in Fernando Pó, Palmela
Soil
Sandy
Climate
Mediterranean
Vinification
Fermented in stainless steel vats with controlled temperature, followed by 3 month rest in French and American oak.
Recommended Storage Time
3 years
Tasting Notes
A fruity white wine with light-green tints, intense fruity aroma with notes of tropical fruit and honey. In the mouth it’s full with good acidity and freshness. Long, enjoyable finish.
Alcoholic Content
13.5 º vol.
Total Acidity
4.95 g tartaric acid/dm³
pH
3.64
Residual Sugar
4.5 g/dm³
Drinking Temperature
12º C

 

I thought this was very good.

 

ANIMUS VINHO VERDE

FIZZY AND FRESH

Vinho Verde (Green Wine) is Portugal’s best-kept secret, and the most popular white wine from Portugal. “Verde” meaning “Green” refers to the fact that these are young wines meant for drinking early.
Light, crisp and delicious, get ready to be surprised.

AROMA

Fruited aroma, with hints of lime, melon and tropical fruits.

FLAVOUR

Refreshing fizz, with a touch of sweetness that matches
perfectly the natural acidity of the young wine.

ENJOY WITH

Sunny days, on a picnic, grilled fish, shellfish and chicken.

Vinho Verde, D.O.C. White Wine
2015
90% Loureiro 10% Arinto

carefully pressed grapes with low pressure, which are then subsequently fermented with low controlled temperature

10 % vol.
6,5 g/l (tartaric acid)
8o – 10o C
enjoy now, but can age up to 3 years

$13.99 plus taxes at BC Liquor Stores. I enjoyed this one and the price point is great. Very refreshing. SKU: 200119

 

Sogrape Vinhos

 

GAZELA

GAZELA VINHO VERDE WHITE

Gazela is a soft, light and refreshing Vinho Verde that goes well with life. Gazela is an uncompromising wine, a renewed classic that confirms all the region´s potential to create light and engaging wines, ideal for everyday drinking.

Serve

Gazela should be served well chilled, in a white wine glass or a flute, at a temperature between 6ºC-8ºC.

Enjoy

Gazela is ideal with salads, light fish or seafood dishes, or just as an aperitif.

Tecnichal Details

Alcohol: 9% | Total Acidity: 7,5 g/L (tartaric acid) | Sugar: 12 g/L | pH: 3,1

The perfect patio wine. So affordable at $11.99 plus taxes from BC Liquor Stores. SKU: 141432

 

TASTING NOTES

Produced from one of the most noble and emblematic Portuguese grape varieties, this wine presents a pleasant aroma with exuberant citric and floral notes such as passion fruit and lychees.
A wine with an excellent structure and elegance with its acidity well balanced with the fruit.

VARIETIES

Alvarinho

APPELLATION

Vinho Verde DOC

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Alcohol: 12% vol | Total Acidity: 7,9g/L | pH: 3,10

HARVEST

End of August until the middle of October
Loved, loved, loved this wine. I am diligently searching for where to buy this wine. If anyone knows please leave a comment for me.

Vinho Verde Casa de Vila Triolino Rosé

TASTING NOTES

Beautiful, intense and lively pink colour.
With a very fruity profile this wine offers pleasant notes of red fruits and blackberries.
Very light and refreshing this wine is ideal to drink as an aperitif or pairs with any kind of fish, seafood and salads.

VARIETIES

Espadeiro, Touriga Nacional, Vinhão

APPELLATION

Vinho Verde DOC

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Alcohol: 10% vol | Total Acidity: 7,5g/L | pH: 3,15

HARVEST

End of August until the middle of October
The Trioliro Rosé which was very nice is available at $12.99 plus taxes from the BC Liquor Store. SKU: 958769
For those who want to find out more about the Tiroliro wines, please note that to find these wines I went to Casa de Vila Verde website which directed me back to Casa Santos Lima’s website, which became very confusing because the Triliro wines are not listed on the Casa Santos Lima website (that I could find). The tasting notes came from the Casa de Vila Verde website. If you can follow all of this then my question would be: who’s on first?

QUID PRO QUO RESERVA

VINHO REGIONAL ALENTEJANO

A truly fragrant and aromatic wine bursting with lavender and violet notes. 
Grapes: Touriga Nacional, Petit Verdot

Tasting Notes

A truly fragrant and aromatic wine bursting with lavender and violet notes. A very special wine with a deep ruby colour and complexity that can be appreciated by all. After a long ageing period in oak barrels this is a full-bodied wine that will be perfect to serve on special occasions.

Vinification

This wine was made by our best selection of Touriga Nacional and Petit Verdot Grapes grapes. The grapes, which were previously de-stemmed, went through a pre-fermenting maceration at low temperatures during 24 hours. The alcoholic fermentation was done in stainless steel vats with temperature control to 28º. C for 14 days. The wine was aged during 14 months in French and American new oak barriques.

Viticulture

Density of 3000 Plants/ha. Shale and clay soils.

Vintage

End of August until the middle of September.

Colour

Dark Rubi

Wine analysis

Alcohol: 14% vol.

Total Acidity: 5,8 g/l

Another excellent choice.

Casa Santos Lima

Colossal Reserva

Vino Regional Lisboa

Tasting Notes

With an intense ruby colour, this wine presents itself with a great concentration in the nose. Extremely rich aroma with predominance of red ripe fruits and some floral notes, well integrated with notes of spices coming from the ageing in French and American aok barrels. In the mouth it shows great complexity with notes of plums and blackberries. The finish is rich and elegant.

Vinification

The grapes, previously destemmed, went through a pre-fermentative maceration at low temperatures for 24 hours. The fermentation occurred in 10,000 litre vats with temperature control, not exceeding 28ºC. After the fermentation the wine stayed in a prolonged maceration (cuvaison) for 15 days. The wine aged for 8 months in French and American oak barrels.

Viticulture

Density of 4.200 Plants/ha. Clay and limestone soils

Vintage

End of August until the middle of October

Colour

Dark Ruby

Wine analysis

Alcohol: 14% vol. 

Total Acidity: 5,6 g/l 

pH: 3,73

This wine takes best in show. It was excellent. $18.98 plus taxes at Everything Wine.

 

Casa Santos Lima

VINHO REGIONAL LISBOA

LAB

A lively rosé with very aromatic notes of ripe red fruits and flowers.

GRAPES

Castelão, Camarate, Cabernet Sauvignon

Tasting Notes

A lively rosé with very aromatic notes of ripe red fruits and flowers. In the palate, juicy strawberries and pink mulberry flavours with plenty of fine tannins take over at the finish, along with flavours of liquorice.

Vinification

The grapes were destemmed, and pressed. Fermentation took place in stainless steel vats of 10.000 litres with temperature control to 18.ºC.

Viticulture

Density of 4.200 Plants/ha. Clay and limestone soils

Vintage

End of August until the middle of September

Colour

Pink

Wine analysis

Alcohol: 12,5% vol. 

Total Acidity: 5,0 g/l 

pH: 3,40

pH: 3,59

Also a hit.

 

COMPANHIA AGRICOLA DO SANGUINHAL

 

SÔTTAL LISBOA

WHITE

Classification:

IG Lisboa

Climate:

Atlantic

Varieties:

Moscatel (50%), Arinto (40%) and Vital (10%)

Colour:

Pale citrine, deriving from its method of vinification.

Aroma:

Fresh aroma, with an appealing and fragrant aroma of Muscat grape.

Tasting Notes:

Fresh and light, with notes of tropical fruits. Well balanced finish for a wine with 9,5% alcohol content.

Gastronomy:

Should be served well chilled (6-8ºC). Easy to drink at any time of the day, with snacks, salads, “tapas” and sea food.

 

At time of publication I am sourcing outlets to purchase the wines featured in this article.

Tasting notes and remarks in italics courtesy of the wineries.

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