Alfaiate Branco 2019

This is a very classy white from the Setúbal region that somehow reminds me of really good Chablis, albeit without any sign of Chardonnay in the mix.

The wine is made by one the most notable producers in the Setúbal region, José da Mota Capitão of Herdade do Portocarro fame (Cavalo Maluco, Anime, etc), but there is nothing on the label to say that it is made on his estate.

Costing €15.95, this recent arrival at Apolónia hits well above the price tag.

The wine is made from an unusual blend of Antão Vaz, Arinto, Galego Dourado and Sercial grapes, fermented on the lees in giant used oak barrels and aged in steel.

On the nose, there are vibrant citric notes with pineapple and white fruits, and enormous acidity in the mouth. It is beautifully balanced with a creamy structure, elegant and fresh with a long, dry finish. An extremely versatile food wine.

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