Better known for its reds than for its whites, here the Douro valley produces a delightfully complex white wine.
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Roland Heenen from Flanders owns the Portal d'Azenha estate in the Douro valley, whose superb terraced vineyard is mainly known outside Portugal for its port wines. Moreover, he is the only Belgian to have started producing these mutated wines! Portal d'Azenha has around six hectares of its own and on a rental basis. It also buys grapes from other wine growers: the range actually includes ten or more wines and port wines. Dividing his time between Belgium and Portugal, Roland Heenen has taken on the services of several local wine experts, including José Alves, who owns the Quinta da Rede, where the estate’s white and red wines are vinified and matured.
This cuvée is only produced in good vintages using grapes grown in granite and schist soils – guaranteeing very good minerality. It is aged for three months in French oak casks.
Nice yellow robe.
Fine nose dominated by aromas of lemon and pear.
Very elegant and fruity in the mouth; a fine length at the finish, characterised by a certain minerality.
Bass carpaccio, seafood.
|Appellation||Douro DOC Reserva|
|Dominant grape variety||Gouveio|
|Blend||40% Gouveio - 30% Arinto - 30% Viosinho|
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Aging potential||6-7 years|