jamie goode's wine blog: Two contrasting whites

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Two contrasting whites

Fiona has gone to visit her aunt for a few days, leaving me in sole charge of the kids. Fair enough: I get to travel a lot, so it's only appropriate that I should experience the other side of this. It's actually quite tough work. I'll never moan about deadlines again.

Tonight I baked some bread and had a simple supper of the aforementioned bread with three cheeses: Manchego, Keen's Cheddar and Comte. With this, a pair of contrasting whites.

Afros Vinho Verde Loureiro 2008 Portugal
From the Lima sub-region, this is super-fresh and lively with lovely lemon, pear, melon and peach flavours. It's crisp and bright with fresh fruit and an attractive pithy character. High acidity is offset by the overt fruitiness. I'm really getting to like the Loureiro grape variety. 90/100
De Bortoli Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2005 Australia
Slightly reduced matchstick and cabbage edge to the nose, which shows rich, toasty notes as well as fresh, herby fruit. The palate is concentrated and intense with spicy, toasty notes complementing the well balanced fig and peach fruit, with a pithy, citrussy edge. Itís like a blend of a rich Aussie Chardonnay with a lean, minerally white Burgundy. Not quite pulling together, with the reduction notes sticking out - but with real potential. 90/100 (£12.99 Tesco, Oddbins; 13.5% alcohol)

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At 10:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there. I've been reading your blog now for a few months and really enjoy it. Just one comment, you must have plenty of half finished bottles open at your place. Seems like every day you're opening a few bottles. Not that it's a problem of course. How do you finish it all?

Thanks for a great website.

At 4:12 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

I don't! Neighbours and friends help - they're used to getting bottles with just a bit taken out. Some stuff gets poured down the sink.

Everything gets tasted.


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