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A rummage around the bottom shelves in Oddbins unearthed this little beaut. Forget those crusty old, baked, oxidised, fruitless Portuguese whites of old and embrace this fresh, crisp, plentiful white.

White WineWine Tasting Note: Quinta da Alorna Portal da Águia, 2005, Ribatejo, Portugal.
Oddbins have this for just £4.89.
A steal at this price – local varieties Arinto and Fernão Pires combined into a crisp, lightly herby, peppery-edged white wine with a nice weighty mouth-feel (a touch of sweetness perhaps) and food friendly texture. Citrus and tropical flavours abound with a tweak of spice and grapefruit. The length isn’t bad for a wine at this price either. The aromatics of the Fernão Pires come though wonderfully. Alcohol 12.5%.
Scribblings Rating – 92/100
A gorgeously fresh and hefty tuna steak, griddled with a handful of almonds and a dash of sesame oil made a superb accompaniment (served with new potatoes and a pile of fresh spinach).

Quinta da Alorna Portal da Águia

3 Comments »

  1. Cru Master says:

    Just out of interest and off the topic:
    what camera and lens are u using for these fantastic photographs?

  2. Andrew says:

    I use a Canon 350D and usually a 18-55mm lens or a 55-200mm. Glad you like my snaps.

  3. Cru Master says:

    nice – ive just ordered the nikon D40 – with the same lenses. so watching the post like a hawk and really excited about sharing some pics and getting into it!!

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