Cult Vinho Verde from only R150

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Cult Vinho Verde from only R150 Jolette Steyn, 27 January 2022

Niepoort & Anselmo Mendes: 'Portuguese whites deserve attention' – Jancis Robinson

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With some of the highest vineyards and over 50 varieties in their blends, Portugal is making some of the best quality, well-priced white wines in the world. The Portuguese wine revolution has been well-documented, where old meets new effortlessly, and both Anselmo Mendes and Dirk Niepoort have been an integral part of it. Even with a 4,000-year-old wine industry, Portugal continues to make headlines for their must-have, under-the-radar, terroir-driven wines.

We're excited to highlight 4 white wines that arrived this week. They are juicy, mineral and mouth-watering, with great texture and length. These are Wine Cellar's go-to summer wines. For something truly different and refreshing, look no further than these absolute bargains!

The Anselmo Mendes 2019 Escolha (a blend of Avesso, Loureiro and Alvarinho) and the 2019 Loureiro are fresh-fruited, exotic and supremely smashable. The Niepoort 2020 Drink Me Branco is taut, stony and easy-going, whilst the 2019 Redoma Branco (a field blend) is one of the classiest wines on their list. The Redoma's minerality, purity and flintiness would make a Burgundian vigneron happy!

Anselmo Mendes Muros Antigos Escolha 2019

Anselmo Mendes,
Muros Antigos Escolha 2019

R 150
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Anselmo Mendes Muros Antigos Loureiro 2019

Anselmo Mendes,
Muros Antigos Loureiro 2019

R 175
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Niepoort Drink Me Branco 2020

Drink Me Branco 2020

R 190
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Niepoort Redoma Branco 2019

Redoma Branco 2019

R 350
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Based in the Douro, Niepoort is traditional in style. The grapes are picked at low alcohols, offering tension and savoury tannins. Focused on field blends from different terroirs, each wine comprises up to 50 varieties planted in one vineyard! The largest mountainous wine region in the world, the Douro is extremely rugged, strewn with very old vines on incredible schist rock.

In the northern region of Vinho Verde, Alvarinho flourishes alongside Loureiro. Both varieties create crisp, pure-fruited and mineral wines. Ever innovative, Anselmo Mendes has been using skin contact, large vessels, spontaneous fermentation, lees ageing, old vines and single vineyards since the '90s. Today, he is the King of Vinho Verde!

Check out our entire Portuguese selection here.

Portuguese wines from Anselmo Mendes and Dirk Niepoort – Order online

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Vinous regards,

Jolette Steyn

Tasting notes

Anselmo Mendes, Muros Antigos Escolha 2019

'The 2019 Muros Antigos Escolha is a blend of 40% Loureiro, 40% Avesso and 20% Alvarinho, unoaked and notably crisper and lighter than last year's (1.5 grams of residual sugar, 7.2 grams of total acidity) and 12% alcohol. Each of the grapes comes from the subregions most famous for them – Alvarinho from Monção e Melgaço, Loureiro from Lima and Avesso from Baião. This is where the lineup gets fruity as well as fresh. This is delicious, not merely well constructed. Yet the acidity beautifully lifts the fruit, so it always seems serious. It is long on the finish, a bit tense and chock-full of flavor. At this level in the lineup, I don't always expect brilliance, but this seems pretty fine right now. Perhaps, too, it is just more open that some of the bigger wines. Will it seem as good when the exuberant young fruit calms down? Maybe, maybe not. That said and considered, let's lean up on this given how well it shows now. If it slips a little as time goes on, so be it, but I'd bet it can age well. We'll be a bit conservative there, though, and take the drinking window in stages. Drink 2020-2027.'Mark Squires, Wine Advocate, 90/100

Anselmo Mendes, Muros Antigos Loureiro 2019

'The 2019 Loureiro Muros Antigos Escolha, in bottle about two months when tasted, comes in with 1.5 grams of residual sugar, 6.7 grams of total acidity and 12% alcohol. Continuing a trend, this seems just a bit fresher and crisper than last year's version. The grapes are all sourced from the Lima Valley, the area most famed for Loureiro. Drink 2020'2029.'Mark Squires, Wine Advocate, 90/100

Niepoort, Drink Me Branco 2020

'The Drink me Branco 2020 is a great example of the Niepoort style: austere and deeply mineral. This is a fresh white wine with herbaceous and citrusy notes on the nose as well as a youthful character which nevertheless promises great ageing potential. Overall, a wine of great finesse and elegance, ending in an electric finish which will linger enticingly in your mind.'Niepoort

Niepoort, Redoma Branco 2019

'The 2019 Redoma Branco is a field blend from old vines featuring Rabigato, Códega, Viosinho, Donzelinho and others, aged for six months in 20% new French oak. It comes in very dry and at just 12.2% alcohol. This is another super Redoma Branco, which is easily one of the very best values in the Niepoort lineup every year. It's never a big and fat wine, so if that's what you're looking for, look away. It has wonderfully expressive fruit and a subtle concentration that is impressive, however. Plus, it has beautiful structure and persistent but controlled tension on the finish. It's always bright, never shrill, and it handles the modest wood well. There is a slight smoked-toast nuance, but not a lot. It's something to watch, or give this some air. This is a lot of wine for the money if you like the fresh and understated style. Niepoort always says these will age for a couple of decades. It probably will, but let's take that in stages. His track record of saying such things and backing it up has been pretty good, though, and I have seen some nicely developed and intriguing ones. There were 60,000 bottles produced from old vines (60 to 80 years). Drink 2021-2036.'Mark Squires, Wine Advocate, 92/100

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