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Last of the summer wine – Vallado Prima

We may now be in September but, as I write this, it is still a toasty 32°C outside and thoughts are still with wines that can be enjoyed in this heat. This light and fruity white is is a perfect example.

A particularly observant reader may recall that I featured a variation of this wine back in 2013 and, indeed, I do try to avoid repetition in this column. But what we have here is a slightly tweaked version of what was previously labelled Vallado Moscatel Gallego, now rebranded as Prima.

Quinta do Vallado is a very serious wine producer, most famous for Port and considered by many connoisseurs to produce some of the very best aged Tawny ports on the market. But they also produce some lovely red and white wines, and this 2015 Prima (between €9 and €10 in supermarkets) is no exception. 

Moscatel Gallego is a variation of the Muscat grape, usually used to make sweet or fortified wines yet here it produces a wine that is dry and fresh in the mouth whilst fully expressing the perfumed floral notes of the muscat grape on the nose. 

This upfront fruit and dry finish makes for an ideal accompaniment to light yet spicy food such as Thai or perhaps some nice grilled prawns with piri-piri

By PATRICK STUART [email protected]