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

Wine Talk – A classy Douro white at a great price

If you are thinking about getting some nice wines in for Christmas, it’s worth noting this special offer at Apolónia with 30% off of the Maria Izabel white. Usually priced at €17.99, this brings it down to €12.55 and the offer runs until December 18.

I wrote about this wine back in 2017, having tried the 2015 vintage and it’s interesting to see how this 2020 is significantly different.

This used to be a wine with noticeable oak on the nose, but the producer has clearly moved with the times. The wine is now made from a blend of Cerceal, Viosinho, Rabigato, Códega do Larinho, Arinto, Folgazão, Verdelho and Alvarinho grapes, partly fermented and aged in used French oak and part in stainless steel. The unusual blend and careful oak work is carried out under the watchful eye of consultant winemaker Dirk Niepoort.

This is a truly classy Douro white with a complex nose of tropical and citric fruits, full and flavoursome in the mouth, with well-balanced acidity and a steely dry finish. An extremely versatile wine representing good value for money, even at the usual price.

By Patrick Stuart
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