Everybody’s doing it: new Vinho Verde finds
Never let it be said that I don’t hunt high and low in pursuit of new vinous finds.
In Copenhagen, I discovered a new Vinho Verde – a fine match, no doubt, for Denmark’s fish-focused open sandwiches (Smørrebrød), though perhaps not pickled herring! (Pictured lunch at Huset Med Det Grønne Træ, highly recommended).
It may have been a significant birthday for my significant other, but Noma was way out of budget. However, there was plenty to like about BioM for fellow lovers of organic food and wine. Plus, it’s where I discovered a new Vinho Verde – Air – made by Casa de Mouraz, who are rather better known for making organic and biodynamic wines in the Dão.
It’s a delightfully crisp and fragrant blend of Loureiro and Azal with granny smith bite balanced by a deft and delicate touch of residual sugar – think crunchy granny smith apples with a dusting of icing sugar. (Hotter off the press – it’s being sold by Bottle Apostle, London – £14.50/bottle, £13.05/case).
Everyone wants a slice of Vinho Verde. My twitter followers (@sarahwine) will have picked up on another recent find, Clip, a Loureiro made by Pedro Barbosa, vineyard manager at Quinta do Vale Meão in the Douro. Like Air, it’s a smart and snappily made and packaged Vinho Verde (this one 100% Loureiro) from Barbosa’s parents’ estate, Barcelos.
And writing this blog has reminded me to put in the fridge a bottle of Howards Folly Alvarinho 2010. Thus far the Howards Folly label has focused on wines from Alentejo, as well it might given that the label represents a joint venture between David Baverstock (winemaker at Esporao). But this maiden vintage hails from Portugal’s Alvarinho hotspot – the Vinho Verde sub-region of Moncao e Melgaco. Will let you know how I go….