Two Alentejo whites: Esporao and Torre de Frade

It’s not just Spain that is making some really impressive new-wave white wines. Portugal is also a happy hunting ground for fans of deliciously expressive whites. Here are a couple that have impressed of late.

Torre de Frade Viognier 2010 Alentejo, Portugal
12.5% alcohol. Paulo Laureano is the consultant winemaker here. Aromatic, varietally true nose with sweet pear and peach fruit as well as vanilla and citrus notes in the background. The palate is dense, fresh and quite striking, with pear and white peach richness offset by citrus and grapefruit pith notes, as well as a hint of oak. Real interest here. 90/100

Esporão Reserva 2009 Alentejo, Portugal
14.5% alcohol. An intense, vivid white wine with fresh lime and white peach fruit as well as subtle oak notes. There are hints of grapefruit, too. A lovely, lively wine combining richness and freshness. Deliciously multidimensional. 91/100 (£9.95 The Wine Society)

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