September 10, 2008

Quinta de Covela Escolha, 2005, Minho, Portugal

By Andrew Barrow In Wine Notes

Quinta de Covela Escolha 2005 Minho, Portugal

Many will realise, may even respect, my ongoing search for the unusual wine – the striking label, the interesting blend or individual grape, the obscure region…
While the label can’t really be described as attractive, stylish perhaps in hip and happening down-town Lisbon circa 1980, the blend is the thing with the Covela 2005. Take a little Chardonnay, pour into a vat of the local Avesso and add ‘others’ (which the Waitrose website details as Gewürztraminer).

Avesso is a Vinho Verde grape; so one would expect a high level of acidity. The region this comes from, Minho, is also where Vinho Verde originates.



White Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Quinta de Covela Escolha, 2005, Minho, Portugal.
Stockist: Waitrose Price: £9.99 [More: Adegga / Snooth]
An upfront crispness, a weighty Chardonnay-led, mid-palate and a minerally ‘wet stones’ finish. Add the complex flavours of unripened pears, a touch of greenness, a little lemon, a hint of sandpaper and plenty of tropical fruit medley and the result is the delicious Covela. Dry and full. Alcohol 13.5%.

Scribblings Rating – 94/100 [4.25 out of 5]

The other joy of this wine malarkey is matching these interesting and tasty wines with food. Here I suggest Breast of Chicken with Pancetta and Creamed Leeks – where the wines acidity counters the creamy richness. Chardonnay is very chicken-friendly; just ensure they are free-range and they will get along brilliantly!

3 Comments
  1. Dylan September 15, 2008

    I’ve never made creamed leeks before but that combination of ingredients sounds like a fantastic dish. Thanks for the suggested pairing.

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  2. Andrew September 15, 2008

    The creamy leeks is really off-set by the saltiness and crunch of the bacon… a wonderful combination and with the wine – heavenly!

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  3. Nappy Rash September 15, 2008

    I totally love this one and am in danger of becoming addicted!

    Reply

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