Terra de Lobos Fernão Pires/Sauvignon Blanc, Casal Branco 2011
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Product Code: PW00311
White - Dry & crisp
Still White Wine
70% Fernão Pires, 30% Sauvignon Blanc
Fresh grilled sardines
The Casal Branco Estate is situated on the left bank of the Tagus River, at Almeirim in the Ribatejo region of southern Portugal. This impressive property has been in the same family for over 2 centuries. The large estate is 660 hectares in total of which about 140 hectares are given over to growing grapes for the estate's wines. The estate specialises in native Portuguese varieties but has some international varieties as well. The winery building dates back to the 18th Century though more modern techniques and equipment are employed inside it! The vineyards of the estate now cover what was once one of the largest royal falcon hunting grounds in Portugal. The estate also has a renowned stud farm breeding pure Lusitano horses.
A very good year, possibly even great!
Another drought year a little more difficult than 2009.
A drought year, so yields are small but concentrated wines resulted.
After a slow start to the year, summer was dry and cool, the resulting
wines are good.
A family holiday to the Algarve some 12 years ago left me fearful that a crisp, fresh white wine from Portugal was likely never to be forthcoming. How wrong I was and a subsequent visit to the Ribatejo and Alentejo confirmed that times, they were a changing. Spicy Fernão Pires meets sprightly Sauvignon Blanc to give a fresh and fruity white that, even though this is a hot part of Portugal, delivers the most deliciously mouth-watering flavour and natural acidity. Off back to the Algarve I go!
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