OK, promised yesterday, more notes on great Portuguese wines for under 10 Euros. I was delighted to find that two of my favourite Vinho Verdes fitted into this category. These are benchmark examples of how good the Alvarinho and Loureiro grape varieties can be. It’s such a shame that Vinho Verde has such a bad reputation in the UK.
Soalheiro Alvarinho 2012 Vinho Verde, Portugal
12.5% alcohol. Beautifully lively and precise with a tiny hint of spritz, lovely pear, apple and citrus fruit and nice weight, with a hint of melony sweetness. So lively, fruity and pure. 90/100
Quinta do Ameal Loureiro 2012 Vinho Verde, Portugal
Lively, citrusy and precise with some melony fruitiness. It is very delicate and pure with a hint of richness and great acidity. 90/100