wines of Quinta da Raza
From Portugal's Vinho Verde region
da Raza, Veade Ė Peneireiros, 4890-571 Celorico de Basto, Portugal
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Diogo Teixeira Coelho is a grape grower and winemaker in Peneireiros,
in the Vinho Verde region of northern Portugal, and his vineyards
have been in the family since the 17th century. Altogether, there
are 40 hectares of vines here (which for the Vinho Verde region,
with its fragmented ownership, is quite a lot) and a range of wines
are made, under two labels: there are the Quinta wines, and also a
brand called Dom Diogo.
effort has been made to give these wines a modern feel. The
packaging is very colourful and quite attractive, with nice simple
design. I was sent them to taste specifically to comment on their
suitability to the UK marketplace, so what do I think?
like the wines, although the spritz that many of them contain, from
high levels of dissolved carbon dioxide, will be a bit off-putting
to some who arenít familiar with wines from Vinho Verde, many of
which show this character. I think it is quite attractive, and gives
the wines a freshness and zip, but for export markets such as the UK
it could be problematic. The clean fruit flavours these wines show
are very attractive.
packaging is almost there. The label design is clean and trendy, but
for export markets it needs some tweaking. The fact that these wines
are Portuguese is clearly important, but isnít at all obvious from
the label. The bottle shape is unorthodox, and for the UK it is best
to stick to a standard bottle shape. And the plastic capsules look
these wines could work well in the UK, if the price is right.
da Raza Vinho Verde Branco 2009
11.5% alcohol. Spritzy. Very fresh, precise and bright with
tangy citrus and grapefruit character. Savoury and fresh with high
acidity. Light, zippy and pure. 86/100
da Raza Alvarinho/Trajadura Grande Escolha 2009
Quite richly fruited with melon and pear notes as well as some
carbon dioxide adding freshness. Nicely textured with good balance
between the fruit and acidity. Grapey, rich and quite delicious.
Diogo Alvarinho 2009 Minho
13.5% alcohol. Powerful stuff, with a smoky, mineral edge to the
citrus and pear fruit nose. The palate is limey and flinty with pear
and herb notes. A distinctive white with real personality. Intense
and food-friendly, this is quite challenging. 90/100
Diogo Azal Vinho Verde Colheita Seleccionada 2009
12.5% alcohol. Spritzy. Fresh and bright with zippy fruit:
lemons and a bit of grape, kept fresh by the spritziness.
Distinctive with nice acidity. 87/100
Diogo Arinto 2009 Vinho Verde
13% alcohol. Slightly spritzy. Fresh, lemony, fruity nose leads
to an attractively fruity palate with grape, melon and lemon fruit
and some bite from the carbon dioxide. Appealingly crisp. 86/100
Diogo Touriga Nacional Rosť 2009 Minho
13.5% alcohol. Deep pink/red colour, and a little frizzante.
Fresh, a bit spicy, and with lively acidity under the juicy bright
plum and strawberry fruit. I like the sweetly fruited aromatics
here, and the fresh, tangy finish. 84/100
Soalheiro, Vinho Verde
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