Vale das Eguas Branco 2016, Herdade do Cebolal, Portugal
From grapes grown near the Atlantic, tropical with a lovely mineral freshness
This wine was a smash hit when we poured it at a ticketed tasting with winemaker Luis. OK, so the label doesn’t exactly sell it (Vale das Eguas means valley of the mares - where the grapes are grown) but it is rather a joyous drop.
The wine comes from the Terras do Sado near the Setúbal peninsula south of Lisbon, which enjoys the cooling influence of Atlantic ocean. What does that mean? The grapes don’t get overripe in the summer heat, which give all the wines a lovely freshness.
This wine is a blend of local grape Antão Vaz with Verdelho. It has a bit of body to it with enlivening tropical flavours and a crisp finish. Fun on its own but also good with spicy food like a Thai green curry.