Alvarinho Trajadura, Adega de Moncao, Vinho Verde, Portugal 2016
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Quality co-operative production – indigenous grape blend
The Vinho Verde co-operative, located just south of the Spanish-Portuguese border, is a producer with a growing reputation in these parts, having been founded as recently as 2008. Since then, the quality of production has gone from strength to strength and the employment of modern wine making techniques ensures this trajectory looks set to continue for the foreseeable future.
The "Adega de Monção" is a blend of Alvarinho with another indigenous variety, Trajadura. This wine packs a ripe, aromatic nose; slightly more ripe and complex than typical examples from this region. A refreshing spritz on the palate makes this a perfect summer wine.
Vinho Verde is crisp, lower in alcohol and with a touch of petillance (very slight sparkle). This example is a delight with its floral, citrus character and bright lemon acidity.