Branco, Castelo Rodrigo, 2019, Portugal
We love Portuguese wines for their diversity in a world where Merlot, Pinot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon reign. Not that we don’t love those grapes, but it’s always great to taste something different.
This branco (white) is a jolly little summer glugger, produced by a co-operative in the middle of Portugal near the border with Spain, and part of the Beira Interior wine region. You can thank 12th century monks for the area’s wine tradition. It’s made from a blend of local grape Síria, and Malvasia Fina which you often find in white Port.
It’s fresh, and fun with light fruity aromatics and a crisp finish, and reminds us a little of a Muscadet. The one to have with grilled fish and salad. Or just crisps...