A rarity, a Portuguese Chenin Blanc

I enjoyed this: it’s the first time I’ve had a Portuguese Chenin Blanc.

Now Portugal is blessed with a wide array of its own varieties, so you might ask why any serious Portuguese wine grower would look elsewhere for foreign varieties to play with. But Chenin could be a worthy exception to this rule, because it is such a wonderful variety.

This wine hasn’t been universally well received (just commended at both Decanter World Wine Awards and International Wine Challenge), but I think it’s pretty good, in an understated sort of way. It actually tastes of Chenin, which is a good thing.

Ribafreixo Connections Chenin Blanc 2012 Portugal
From the Alentejo, Paulo Laureano is the consultant winemaker here. Citrussy, fresh and subtly herbal with a hint of honey, as well as some apple and pear. Very good acidity and lovely presence, this is an attractive crisp dry white with some marked varietal character. 89/100

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