09/04/06 – Quinta de Covela (Portugal) Eschola White 2004

Quinta de Covela (Portugal) Eschola White 2004
Somewhat mysteriously described on the back label as a blend of ‘Avesso, Chardonnay, Others’, a little research reveals that there is only one more grape in the blend, and that grape is Gewurztraminer, which I presume is a very small proportion of the mix. It has a very pale colour and a particularly succulent nose, where ripe, juicy pear aromas are underpinned by a little mealy richness and highlighted by floral nuances. On the palate it is quite forceful and direct (13.5% ABV) with a full, juicy, rounded palate of pear and apple fruit that is shot through with vibrant acidity, yet textured and layered with minerality and subtle, waxy lime fruit. Long and focused, this is fresh, beautifully balanced and delightful. 8.99, Corney & Barrow