This wine hits my sweet spot for a number of reasons. First, it’s really nice: a precise, subtly aromatic, fresh white wine with some personality. Second, it’s Portuguese, and I have a soft spot for Portugal. Third, it’s priced within my range, and I can afford to enjoy it without having blown a significant slice of my disposable income. Fourth, it’s versatile and will work in a number of dining situations.
Valle Pradinhos Branco 2011 VR Transmontano, Portugal
13.5% alcohol. An unusual blend of Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Malvasia Fina from the Tras-os-Montes region in northern Portugal. Odd though the blend may be, it works: this is fine, fresh, aromatic and floral, but quite discrete and not too showy. Very fresh in the mouth with some citrus notes and lovely pure fruit focus. A lovely fruit-driven white with real freshness. 89/100 (£10.95 The Wine Society)