It’s no secret that we here at WineMason have long appreciated Portuguese wines and have been flying the Portuguese admiration flag for some time now. Fortunately the winds have been turning and everybody is starting to realise the extraordinary wines that Portugal are producing. Just this weekend, two press articles highlighted the brilliance of Portuguese wines.
In The Sunday Times, 19 November 2017, Martin Moran MW not only holds Portuguese Ports and Madeiras in high esteem, but recognises Portugal for top quality table wines and their many grape varieties. Portugal is home to more that 300 local grape varieties, each as unique and distinctive as the next. Two of our wines are included in his top picks from Portugal: Vale da Capucha Fossil Tinto 2015 scoring a 91/100 and Herdade do Mouchao 2011, Alentejo scoring a 95/100.
Jancis Robinson MW (The Financial Times, 18 November 2017) has also been lauding the fine wines of Portugal. She has listed Redoma Rosé 2014 and 2015 and Batuta 2007 from Niepoort as two of her favourite Portuguese wines of the moment. Mouchao 2011 Alentejo from producer Herdade do Mouchao also gets a mention as one of her favourite reds.
We are excited that Portugal’s vineyards are getting the recognition they deserve. We think we’re going to open a bottle of Vinho Verde to celebrate!