A pure Douro white

Quinta da Pôpa is a Douro producer that produces some outstanding wines, my personal favourite being Pôpa TR, standing for Tinta Roriz, the red grape known as Aragonês down south and Tempranillo over in Spain. This is a premium red but worth every cent of the price (€29.95 at Apolónia).

But they have wines in various price ranges, and it is a shame that more of their portfolio is not available at supermarkets and wine shops here in the Algarve.

I did, however, find this white at my local Intermarché, priced at around €9, and will go as far as to say that there are few Douro whites on the market in the sub-€10 price range that can match this for quality.

The wine is made from a blend of typical regional varieties – Viosinho, Cerceal, Folgazão and Rabigato – displaying subtle tropical notes along with white melon and pear on the nose. Lovely balance in the mouth, dry and refreshing but with some structure and acidity.

A good all-round, easy-drinking Douro white, well-suite to pair with grilled fish and seafood.

patrick.stuart@open-media.net