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28th October 2012

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Marquês de Borba, Branco 2011, Portugal
Until recently Portugal's reputation for white wines rested almost entirely on the Vinho Verde wines from the far north of the country. But part of an undoubted wine revolution in Portugal over recent years has included a whole range of fresh, tasty white wines being made in other regions. This example blends three indigenous varieties, Arinto, Antão Vaz and Verdelho with a splash of the French grape, Viognier. It comes from Alentejo in the south. The nose is clean and crisp with a lemon cream quality, just hinting, but stopping short, of something more floral. On the palate it is dry, citrussy and clean as a whistle, with a burgeoning hint of more tropical fruit on the mid-palate and a fairly rounded texture, but then the crispness and freshness of the acidity sweeps through the finish. More detail and food matching ideas in the video. £8.70, Tanners. See all stockists on wine-searcher.com

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