(2023) Make no mistake, the co-op of Monção is a superb wine producer, and a leader for the whole Vinho Verde region. This wine, made from Alvarinho, echoes the Albariños of Galica, just across the border. The nose is exotically fruity, herby and lemony, with an ozone breeziness. It bursts onto the palate, so much zesty, pure citrus freshness, a tangy but tropical hint of mango, then a thrillingly bright. Long finish. Terrific. Watch the video for more information and food matching ideas.
(2023) A blend of Touriga Nacional, Sousão and Touriga Franca from vineyards at 350 metres altitude in the Cima Corgo. It is aged 18 months in French oak barrels. That's obvious on the nose, with a balsamic twist and mocha notes to black fruit that's also touched by herby sage notes. In the mouth this has volume and weight, the creamy polish of oak supports rich, sweet and ripe black plum fruit, with a chicory bite of bittersweetness. Its a rich and fruitcakey style.
(2023) Named after a legendary figure in the history of the Monção region, this is 100% Alvarinho. Aromatically it has a peach-downy softness with some leafy green herbs notes and a touch of preserved lemon. That thrust of dry, quite grippy lemon and salts concentration propels the palate towards a tangy and savoury finish in the seafood and fish-friendly wine.
(2023) From granite soils in the south of the Minho, the Vinho Verde region, this is made by. The hugely experienced Rui Cunha. A single varietal Vinho Verde, it is drybwith no sign of 'spritz', quite a fat, generous lemony character, nuances of dill-like leafiness, even a hintbof almondy nuttiness. Textured on the palate, this has some slippery weight and rounded, lightly orange fruit with a crisp acid finish. Most enjoyable.
(2023) Rui Cunha is the highly-experienced winemaker for this low intervention wine. A large proportion of the vineyards are almost 100 years old, the wine fermented is in stainless steel and unoaked. Brambles and savoury, spiced and lightly smoky aromas here precede a palate where copious sweet berry flavours mingle with herbs. There's a stripe of tannin that adds a fine, mouthwatering firmness and well balanced acidity too, in another stylish and food-friendly wine. A big blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca and Tinta Amarela.
(2023) A classic blend of Avesso and Arinto, and classic in style with a definite spritz as it hits the palate. It is dry on the palate, after opening with preserved salty lemons and nuances of leafy green herbs. In the mouth, a dry, apple core gastronomic character, with a sweep of acidity adding more decisive cut and mouth-watering clarity. Understated, but quite grown-up and with a certain intensity.
(2023) Composed of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz, this spends 12 months in french oak. It has a plush and inviting nose, deeply fruited and berry-ripe, touches of meatiness and rosemary are lovely. The palate sings as clear as a bell with ripe black fruits, piped with an edge of raspberry, and the wine has a certain coolness, with elegant tannins and refined acidity. Delicious and great value again.
(2023) With a beautiful, soft wax-sealed presentation, Natur is Covela’s organic certified, no added sulphur wine. Fermented and aged in old oak barrels, only 1600 bottles were made. There's a hintbof spritz and interesting Bay leaf character, herby and melon skin aromas, moving into florals. In the mouth citrus dominates, a lightly waxy character too, with apple skin grippiness. Good acidity, in an intriguing and ambitious take on single varietal Vinho Verde.
(2023) A lovely little wine and very good value at £11.50, this is 100% Encruzado, aged in French oak for four months, but only older barrels are used so the influence is subtle - but successful. A light almond creaminess to nutty, Cox's pippin aromas, flows through to the finish where pristine, white fruit (peach, pear) flavours are braced by a generous orange acidity, hints of the luscious and tropical licked into shape by the acid structure. A bargain.
(2023) Dry, light, with watermelon and redcurrant aromas, this pale pink is appetising and gastronomic. A tart raspberry thrust of zingy fruit strikes the palate, lemony acidity adding to the verve and freshness. Provence might be the inspiration here, but it's a delicate and successful homage.