I’ve been out sick . Allergies decided they were going to leave me along all summer, lull me into a state of ignorance and then pounce- right as 4 bottles of wine showed up on my doorstep for review. So I had to let them sit for a week- ignoring them since I had no sense of smell or taste. As soon as I started to feel better last Friday, Schatz and I popped the cork on this baby. We were both pleasantly surprised, especially when you consider the normal cost of this bottle is only $9.99!
Winery: Herdade do Esporão
About the Winery- Monte Velho is made from a selection of Alentejo regional grape varieties. The winery itself has two vinification processes, this wine comes from the larger batch process, yet still produces a well balanced wine. The wine makers are David Baverstock and Sandra Alves. The wine itself has won several awards in other vintages.
Region: Alentejo (Portugal).
Cost: $9.99; Online- $9.99
Varietal: Antão Vaz, Ruperio, Perrum
Fresh fruity aroma with notes of white peach and orange peel. Pairs well with shellfish and grilled fish, soft cheeses, salads and vegetarian dishes.
What the Geek Gal thinks: I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect. When I was contacted to review this wine, I picked it because I had never had the varietal or (as far as I can remember) a wine from Portugal. We also were so eager to crack open a bottle that we went ahead and paired it with our pizza. While the recommended pairings are definitely a little less intense in flavor (at least in the tomato spectrum) I think this wine paired well with our pizza. More surprisingly was the punch of fresh peaches I caught after a few minutes. It was completely unexpected and made me very happy. Schatz was reminded of a dry Riesling, and I’d have to agree. If you are new to wines, but know you like a dry Riesling, you may definitely want to give this wine a shot. While I enjoyed this wine for it’s very crisp and delicate flavors (absolutely loved the bouquet- which was a little more pineapple than peach to me) I tend to prefer my whites with a little oak. If I were to buy this wine, it would definitely be for hot days and for Schatz. Knowing that this tastes similar to a Riesling, I would consider taking this with me to get Sushi or Thai food, as that is when I really enjoy an un-oaked white wine. However, I definitely approve of this wine and it’s price point. You should be able to find it for about $9.99. I think this could also make a decent base for a White Sangria in the summer, or a White Gluhwein in the winter.
Review Notes- This bottle of wine was sent to me for review purposes. While I am grateful to have received the bottle- the Geek Gal reviews products as if she bought them herself.