A special white from a special place

Herdade do Sobroso is a rural estate located where the lower Alentejo meets the upper Alentejo, on the banks of the Guadiana River and just south of the Alqueva Dam.

This area is pure Alentejo with rolling countryside dotted with cork oaks and, of course, vineyards.

Sobroso used to be best known as a hunting lodge, but these days it is also a luxurious boutique hotel with an excellent restaurant. However, what it is best known for is its outstanding wines.

The reds are all noteworthy and they make very good rosé, including the Cellar Collection which is the pink version of this white.

Until now, I had not sampled a white from this producer, but this one was on special offer at Apolónia last week, reduced from €21.95 by 30% to €14.99.

The wine is a blend of the typical Alentejo white grape Antão Vaz with Alvarinho, aged on fine lees for six months in 500-litre French oak barrels.

On the nose, there are notes of tropical and white fruits and just the tiniest hint of vanilla from the oak. Good body and structure in the mouth with firm acidity.

This is an excellent white to lay up for a few years. The 2020 currently on the market is already drinking well but will be far better after another year or two in the bottle.

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