Portugal is fast becoming our favourite nation for wine. The country is producing an ever increasing array of styles, from wines harking back to traditional winemaking roots to young winemakers experimenting with new grapes and styles, and somehow, always at great value. Here are a few of our current favourites to whet your appetite
Luis Pato Vinhas Velhas - A blend of native white grapes from Portugal's coastal Bairrada region, we have been describing this as a Portuguese Chablis of sorts. Bright citrus and apricot lead the palate into a long and mineral finish.
Adega de Pegoes Touriga Nacional - The most noble of Portugal's red grapes, grown just south of Lisbon in Setubal. This wine shows the rich dark fruit of Cabernet Sauvignon balanced by a Rioja-like use of oak. One of our all time bestsellers, and for good reason.
Quinta do Vale Meao, Meandro - Showstopping red wine from the Douro Valley with rich dark and dried fruit notes, a full and smooth texture, and the ability to age for years in bottle, if you so wish.
Adega de Pegoes, Selected Harvest White - An incredibly complex white from Setubal, showing flavours of orange blossom, stonefruit and honey.
Quinta do Correio - A red from the Dao region with punchy dark fruit flavours balanced by a deep earthy and leathery finish. Fantastic value for money.
Soalheiro 'Granit' - An Alvarinho built to emphasise the grape's mineral qualities, this wine has the textbook grapefruit zest and peach aromas of the grape, but with more body, complexity and length any we have tried before.