16/11/2020 – The Wine Society, Encruzado 2019

(2020) Made from the local Encruzado grape in the mountainous Dão region of Portugal, this was made by winemaker Carlos Lucas in association with Wine Society buyer Jo Locke MW. Unoaked, the nose is immediately fresh and herb-tinged, but has a certain nuttiness and hint of weight and richness too, the fruit mostly about citrus and no doubt the 370-metres altitude of the vineyards adding to the sense of vibrancy. In the mouth it is full-textured and quite luscious, hinting at Ogen melon and ripe red pear, but the flashing citrus and hint of mineral salts to the acidity extends the finish. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas.

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