From white to pink elephant and other tales from the jungle – highlights from the Annual Portugal tasting

It pays to focus at annual generic trade tastings – so many wines, so little time – it’s a jungle out there! At Tuesday’s Annual Portugal tasting, I really had my work cut out for me because I was also presenting tastings on the hour every hour.  My tactic?  To make a beeline for wines I’d not previously tried.

Much to the exhibitor’s surprise, my list included Pink Elephant 2009.  Surprising because Pink Elephant, a rosé devised to match with spicy food was launched 3 years ago to great commercial and critical acclaim (a Jancis Wine of the Week no less).  And this elephant, no longer white as far as I’m concerned, is a very well made wine, with floral lift and good fruit intensity for a quaffer; even better, its subtle sweetness is well balanced by freshness.

I’ll post tasting notes of my highlights here soon but, as you’ll see, Vinho Verde continues to impress, especially Quinta do Feital whose wines are made by Marcial Dorado, a young Galician winemaker from across the border in Galicia, Spain.  They exemplified why my first presentation of the day was themed “Why Vinho Verde is Portugal’s sexiest white wine region,” as did the pair of Vinho Verde shown – Niepoort Girosaol 2009 and Reguengo de Melgaço Alvarinho 2009.

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