Goblet of white wine on wooden table on wooden wall background. Fotalia

A claypot white from Susana Esteban

A Spanish winemaker on Portuguese soil, Susana Esteban owns a wine estate located in the Serra de São Mamede in the very north of the Alentejo.

She produces many excellent wines, amongst them this claypot white that was launched in 2017. This is made from a field blend of mixed white grapes from old vines grown at an altitude of over 700 metres.

Unlike most claypot whites which tend to be orange wines (fermented and aged with skin contact), this wine is filtered and made in temperature-controlled clay pots where it ages for six months.

The wine is a pale straw colour with intense citrus and white fruit notes on the nose. Full bodied in the mouth with good acidity and a very elegant finish. Not cheap at €18.99 (Apolónia), but this is something quite special.

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