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This is a classic example of this light and easy-drinking style from northern Portugal, with delicate spritz and bright, fresh palate.
Product Code: PW8521
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Formed in 1958 by just 25 producers, Adega de Monção has since grown to involve 1600 growers, and is now closed to new members. However, each grower only provides grapes from a tiny portion of land, meaning Monção only farm around 1200 hectares in total.They are located in the heart of quality wine production in the vinho verde region – in Portugal’s northernmost quarters, bordering Spain’s Galicia region – in a small sub-region called Monção e Melgaço, in the province of Minho. The Minho region provides beautiful surroundings to the vineyards, with majestic mountains sloping down to the sea like an amphitheatre, and the plentiful rivers, fertile plains and moderate temperatures making the area ideal for vinho verde production. Adega de Monção has not just evolved in size over the years: between 1986 and 2004 they underwent huge reformations in improving their grape reception, winemaking process and storage facilities, and stabilising their bottling procedures. In 1999, they opened a whole new winery in Melgaço, and in 2005 they even converted an unused section of their original winery into a historical and cultural space, which they opened to the public.The co-op has been celebrated greatly in Portugal, both in national wine magazines and at events such as the ‘Lisbon Celebrates Wine’ Festival, and their Muralhas brand is one of the most widely distributed in Portugal. Now a well-equipped modern winery and thriving business, the Adega de Monção upholds the tradition of making a range of vinho verde wines – mostly white but also rose and reds, which are highly popular locally – from traditional local grape varieties.
Like its neighbour Spain, Portugal has been undergoing something of a quiet revolution over the last twenty years or so. A reluctance to follow trends and plant international grapes is now paying dividends and the new breed of full-blooded, fruit-filled wines are more than able to compete on the world stage. The unique flavours that are the hallmark of Portugal's indigenous grape varieties have become its trump card. Vinho Verde, sometimes spritzy and youthful and sometimes made with the aim of creating a more serious white wine, is in the verdant north-west, bordering the Spanish province of Galicia. A wet and fertile area, the grapes ripen with moderate sugar levels and refreshing acidity, meaning that the wines are usually lowish in alcohol at about 10-11%. Astringent, low alcohol red Vinho Verde is also produced. Trás-os-Montes is a remote region of harsh winters and hot, dry summers in the north-east of the country is bound on one side by high mountains and on the other the border with Spain (the name means 'behind the mountains'. The schistous soils and the grapes are similar to those of the Douro. Reds are often lighter and more aromatic than those of neighbouring Douro.The Douro is one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world, and deservedly Portugal's best known, the Douro has quickly emerged to lead the way as the country's premium wine region and there is a real pioneering spirit amongst the winemakers here, port shippers included. Although there is an enormous variety of different terroirs within the Douro Valley, this is essentially a sparsely populated, hot, arid region where grapes are grown on spectacularly steep terraced slopes. Wine grapes are the same as those that go into Port. Wines tend to be high in tannin and flavour.Dão is south of the Douro on granite slopes protected by high mountains and pine forests. The region produces one of Portugal's better-known reds of the same name. Once dominated by rather lack-lustre co-operatives, the area now has a whole clutch of dynamic, small producers making elegant, approachable and enjoyable wines.Between the mountains and the coast, on fertile clay soils, is Bairrada (barro is Portuguese for clay). Better known for red wines, this is one of the only wine regions in Portugal to be dominated by a single grape variety,the tannic, high-acid baga, making wines that can be tough and astringent in their youth but which soften with age, becoming beguilingly perfumed. These days many blend baga with non-indigenous grapes to make a friendlier style, but the greatest are pure baga. The area also benefits from late-afternoon breezes which favour the production of fresh, food-friendly whites and increasingly popular sparkling wines.Beira Interior is a rather disparate region covering a vast swathe of inland Portugal south of the Douro and east of Dão. Vineyards are grown at altitude on granite soils. In the north, grapes are similar to those of the Douro while the south has a whole mix of varieties. Lisboa is a large, coastal region that runs north from Lisbon. Atlantic breezes help cool the vineyards and maintain the fresh acidity and aromatics in the mostly white wines. North of Bucelas, on the Atlantic west coast lies the strip of rolling countryside that contains nine separate DOCs under the umbrella name of Lisboa. This is Portugal's largest wine producing region in volume terms.Bucelas was the first wine The Society ever sold! This tiny DOC is one of the closest to Lisbon. It produces breezy dry whites which are popular locally.Tejo was formerly known as Ribatejo is known for good, everyday drinking wines in a range of styles from a wide range of permitted grapes. This region lies on either side of the River Tagus Lying across the mouth of theTagus river, the Península de Setúbal is a flat, sandy region with the exception of the Serra da Arrábida a short chain of mountains with clay and limestone soils. There are two DOCs here, Palmela north-east of the peninsula where the castelão grape is ideally suited to the sandy soils, and Setúbal, where a sweet fortified wine is made primarily from muscat of Alexandria.The Alentejo province stretches south from the Tagus to the Algarve and east to the border with Spain and covers almost a third of continental Portugal. Divided into seven diverse sub-regions, the undulating hills are home to many crops. Despite the challengingly arid climate here, this is a dynamic region, referred to sometimes as Portugal's 'new world'.
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"Enjoyed this Vinho Verde citrus notes & its slight fizz. Have struggled to find a decent version after having in Portugal but I think this does the trick"
Mr Scott Griffiths (29-Mar-2021)
Mr Bob White (24-Mar-2021)
"Slight fizz, dry, not particularly tasty. Not exactly what I was looking for from a Vinho Verde."
Mr Michael Carneciu (15-Mar-2021)
"I don't normally drink white, but I really liked this, originally a find by my father-in-law. A full flavoured, refreshing taste, and excellent value."
Mr Sam Ghibaldan (01-Mar-2021)
"Incredible value for money. Goes very well with fish and chips."
Miss Rachel Eade (15-Feb-2021)
"A simple white, grapey with hint of lime on the nose. Got a nice fizz to it, slightly sharp with citrus fruits making up the profile on the palette. It's fine."
Mr Phil Eckersley (03-Feb-2021)
"Bought as part of the Christmas selection so was expecting something special. Slight fizz when opened but was disappointed as the taste was bland. Would not buy again and not clear was this was included in the selection."
Mr Colin Overington (07-Jan-2021)
"Really enjoyed this fresh wine.
Much better than alternatives recently tried."
Dr Paul Booth (28-Dec-2020)
"Very disappointed. Lacking in fizz and the earlier refinement of other vintages. Not suitable for the Society’s labelled collection. Shame as had selected for Christmas day aperitif selection. "
Mr Benjamin Blunt (25-Dec-2020)
"An awful wine. Most unlike the Vino Verde that we drank earlier this year in Lisbon. (But presumably there are many makers.) Opening the screw cap caused a rush of gas that reminded us of a kid’s cheap cola. The taste was no better. We do hope that the Wine Soc are minded to withdraw this from their list. Ian and Susie Case. "
Mr Ian Case (01-Dec-2020)
"Really nice, no fuss wine to drink with friends. After my first bottle I instantly ordered a case of six. "
Mr Joseph Spencer (20-Nov-2020)
"A very poor wine to be under the Society's own label.
Received a refund as we thought the wine was corked."
Mr John Harling (16-Nov-2020)
"Crisp, zesty, clean, fruity, buy again"
Mr James Bowkett (08-Nov-2020)
"I’m with Mr Stuttard’s review. Previous editions of this wine were excellent, but tasting this one was a real disappointment. I’m a little surprised that the Society was willing to distribute this under the Wine Society label."
Mr Andy Cowe (24-Oct-2020)
"This has been our house wine for years. We bought a dozen cases for my daughter’s wedding last year. Unfortunately the 2019 is far below the 5* quality of many previous vintages. It’s can also be quite explosive when one twists off the cap. "
Mr Matthew Stuttard (11-Oct-2020)
"Easy drinking summer wine, spritzy. Citrus and green apples but pay another 50p and upgrade to the much better Ponte de Lima Vinho Verde"
Ms Lisa Harlow (08-Oct-2020)
"Excellent value for money. Light and refreshing, "
Mr Jonathan St George (03-Oct-2020)
"For the price bracket this wine is fantastic. Perfect for a summer day. Do not expect to only drink half the bottle though! It’s very moreish.... my husband and I have never managed to not finish it in one go!"
Ms Camilla Peters (21-Sep-2020)
"Easy drinking, slight complexity, refreshing fizz and acidity. "
Mr Kevin Beaverstock (08-Sep-2020)
"Pleasant wine with not a lot to it. "
Mrs Jill McEvoy (02-Sep-2020)
"Too light for my taste"
Mr Andrew Saunders (25-Aug-2020)
"It describes itself as with a barely perceptible spritz....everything about this wine is barely perceptible. [Another merchant] knock out a much better example at just over£4."
Mr Justin May (13-Aug-2020)
"Just the job on a summer's evening. Uncomplicated with just the right amount of petillance."
Mr John Lay (12-Aug-2020)
"Very enjoyable well chilled on a hot day. Slight spritz noticeable initially. Apples with a hint of pear drops. A good accompaniment to spicy Chinese food and very drinkable on its own. Good value at £7"
Mr Bob White (07-Aug-2020)
"Definitely not for me. More like a fizzy fruit drink than a glass of wine"
Miss Paddy Grey (02-Aug-2020)
"I found it excellent for £6.95 - quite dry and with a good spritz. I have ordered another 6."
Dr Martyn Thomas (28-Jul-2020)
"A bit disappointing TBH. A bit sweet and not enough spritz. For 55p more you can have the Ponte de Lima which doesn't suffer on either count and I would say is noticeably superior. Worth trying out, but won't be back for more."
Mr Martin Pierce (17-Jul-2020)
"This is as good as it gets at this price point imho. A really lovely glass of wine full of spritzy joy, perhaps a little misunderstood at times, but the perfect summer aperitif I think. Buy with confidence. "
Mr David J Miller (13-Jul-2020)
"Pleasant if a little thin and fizzy, but few complaints at this price point. However, the Exhibition Vinho Verde is, as might be expected, in a different league and well worth the extra £2 which we'll be spending in the future."
Mr Jonathan L Palmer (09-Jul-2020)
"Real surprise as this wine which was a budget buy in my selection with its fizz and easy drinking palate, outperforming some more expensive selections"
Mr Chris Johnson (03-Jul-2020)
Mr Charles Haley (28-Jun-2020)
"A delicious light easy drinking wine "
Mr Harry McAleese (19-Jun-2020)
"A nice, light wine, although a little too like a spritz for my personal taste. "
Miss Lisa Power (15-Jun-2020)
"Very young not great after taste. Wouldn’t buy again "
Mr Mike Leigh (14-Jun-2020)
"Just ordered some more, fizz and a hints of fruit, hints of sharpness, light and easy to drink on a hot day, lower in alcohol is an attraction in the sun"
Mr Andrew Brewer (31-May-2020)
"A wonderful easy drinking wine that does exactly what it says on the bottle. A slight spritz, makes this wine more interesting than it otherwise would be, and for the price, it is fantastic value.
It is a 4-4.5 star wine, I have given it 5 because at the time of my review it's overall rating was 3 stars, which was criminal. "
Mr Stuart Southworth (23-May-2020)
"This came as part of a mixed case. Too much of a spritz and a bit thin. I probably would not have ordered it separately and definitely will not again. Not for me, but it might suit if you like wine with a spritz. "
Mr Stephen Adshead (15-May-2020)
"Good value, easy-drinking wine. Light, dry, with a slightly stoney edge and a subtle fizz. Lovely!"
Ms Joanna Greensted (06-May-2020)
"Good value wine with a slight fizz and grassy notes."
Mr Matthew Harrison (01-May-2020)
The Times (27th Jun 2020)
"The 100 best wines for summer 2020: The Wine Society
has a wonderful range of Portuguese wines. So tuck into this summer-in-a-glass
vinho verde with light, floral, refreshing lemon-twist fruit and spritz that
comes from the ace Monção co-op in the damp, green far north of the country,
bordering Spain. - Jane MacQuitty"
"The 100 best wines
for summer 2020: … a refreshing summer-in-a-glass, spritzy, sparky, vinho verde
from Portugal for £6.95, the perfect staycation swig. - Jane MacQuitty"
"Very yummy, drinkable wine"
Mr William Gilgrass (29-Mar-2020)
"Vinho verde (from the north of Portugal) can be acid and bitter - generally when cheaper and made from the Loureiro grape - or delightfully fresh, dry, with hints of tropical fruits against a citrus background: these are generally made with the alvarinho grape predominating. They can be slightly sparkling or not. This one is very slightly sparkling. It's light and refreshing, and an excellent choice if new to vinho verde. I'd guess mostly if not solely alvarinho. These wines are not heavyweight in any sense, or keepers, but delicious and invigorating either as an aperitif or with some non-demanding platter such as fish. (Go for grilled sardines if you want the full ethnic experience; or even a mild salt cod dish such as bacalhau a bras). At this price you will not regret the purchase."
Mr Keith Evetts (28-Jan-2020)
"We have recently returned from a holiday in Portugal and I ordered this because it got decent reviews on the wine society website and I had enjoyed what we tasted whilst we were away. I very much enjoyed it and my friend, who is normally a dedicated NZ Sauvignon Blanc, also enjoyed it. I didn’t find the petulant to be terribly noticeable."
Dr Rosemary Taylor (28-Dec-2019)
"Although I’ve had some lovely vinho verde from small producers in Portugal I probably wouldn’t have ordered this as some examples in the UK have been disappointing. However, it came in a mixed case and I’ve really enjoyed it. At 12.5% abv it’s quite heavy duty for a verde, which I’d have expected to come in at or below 11%, and it’s not as obviously citrus as some"
Ms Sue Perks (15-Dec-2019)
"easy to drink nice light white "
Mrs Mary King (17-Oct-2019)
"Typical vino verde, great value at this price, enjoyed and would at to my my buy again list "
Mr Neville Clifford (17-Oct-2019)
"Very disappointing . While it has the characteristic brightness and lightness it lacks the flavour of other Vinho Verde . Very bland ."
Mr Peter Cowperthwaite (07-Sep-2019)
Normally I would leave a 5 Star rating for this wine - considering the price, its excellent value and great "summer" easy drinker. However our last case seems to have changed to a screw-top (not sure if that is relevant to the change) and the wine didn't have its usual spritz /va va voom!"
Miss Annabel Graham-Martin (21-Aug-2019)
Ms Pauline Thompson (14-Aug-2019)
"I was first introduced to Vinho Verde from Moncao by Portuguese friends in 1979 and became an instant devotee. It was never easy to find a wine with the authentic “spritz” in the UK but The Society has changed that with a genuine white Vinho Verde from the Moncao Cooperative which is as good as Portuguese green wine gets.
Prof. Emeritus Ian Hindmarch."
Prof Ian Hindmarch (02-Aug-2019)
"A lovely, light and easy to drink white... I just wish it was a little more 'fizzy'"
Mr John L Smyth (23-Jul-2019)
"I enjoy vinho verde and find it to be an under-appreciated wine. Wine Society is absolutely on point with its 'Society's' version. There is the that characteristic effervescent spritz then plenty of grapefruit, lemony citrus and some hints of floral blossom. In short, thoroughly charming and a great example of a budget white wine."
Mr John-Paul Featherstone (18-Jul-2019)
"Does what it says in the blurb. Light, refreshing with a little spritz. Ideal for a sunny summer lunch. "
Mr Tom Rodger (17-Jul-2019)
Mrs Orla Ritchie (29-Jun-2019)
"Light refreshing and slight fizz. Great one for the summer. Would re-order"
Mr Nathan Whittamore (11-Jun-2019)
"Very nice - refeshing, slightly spritzy, crystal clean and a delightful foil to a recent Thai meal. "
Mr R Piggott (13-May-2019)
"Love it. Crisp and dry with a slight hint of fizz. Incredible value. If you like a Belgium sour beer this will be right up your street. "
Mr Jack Edwards (30-Apr-2019)
"Bought one bottle - then bought a case. Great value for money - calls for seafood, smoked paprika almonds and olives. Fill your boots while you can."
Mr Chris Smith (26-Apr-2019)
"It is a while since we bought this and i was inspired to do so again by a review from one of the Wine Society's buyers. they were right. It is light, refreshing, the petillant effect is lovely: ideal for the recent Easter weekend heatwave in Cumbria."
Dr Celia A Caulcott (26-Apr-2019)
Daily Record (11th Jan 2020)
"A finalist in the
Great Outdoors section of the People's Choice Awards, this Portuguese white is
a longstanding favourite. Its lightness is ideal for drinking outside while
summertime is perfect for its undemanding soft apple and sherbet lemon fruit
backed by lively acidity and some welcome depth too. - Brian Elliott"
Saga Magazine (22nd Aug 2019)
"A strong contender
for my wine of the summer. It's partly down to the name. It's not a 'green
wine'. It's a ripe, refreshing one that comes from a green lush place. And for
this money you won't find better value this summer. - Joe Fattorini"
The Press Association (14th Aug 2019)
"... with its
zesty lemon-lime flavours [this], comes highly recommended. - Sam Wylie-Harris"
The Scotsman (8th Jun 2019)
"This great value
vinho verde from a large co-operative based on the Spanish-Portuguese border
has all the ingredients to refresh you on your picnic. Light lime and apple
fruits, slightly sour hints, crisp dry palate with a slight spritz giving it a
lively petillant feel - and a screwcap for easy access. - Rose Murray Brown"
"Light, fruity, crisp Vinho Verde with a light spritz. Very refreshing and drinkable. "
Ms Laura Midgley (25-Sep-2019)
"Bright, light, dry and lively with quite pronounced petillance. Ideal for a summer afternoon. "
Mr John Lay (29-Jun-2019)
"A clean easy drinking Vinho verde but with little spritz. Enjoyed by guests "
Mr Michael G Kettlewell (21-Feb-2019)
"Excellent example of VV at a good price. Really enjoyed it"
Mr Jolyon Barraclough (11-Feb-2019)
"My first bottle of this just went down a treat. In fact I couldn't even remember what Vinho Verde tasted like before opening this bottle as it's been about thirty years since I last had a bottle!
So it's autumn and toasted cheese with home made tomato soup are not the ideal accompaniement however the wine was delicious and refreshing.
I do love a bit of spritz and this has it with zest! My wife loved it but said "would be better with fish" to which my reply was "moules et frites would be spot on" (before pondering how well this would go with a sea food platter in Languedoc (if your passing by) instead of Picpoul de Pinet or champagne).
I digress. In short buy lots then drink it with fish, sea food or perhaps tapas. Indulge in more in the Spring/summer.
I have a bottle of the Exhibition Vinho Verde to try next weekend!"
Mr Russell Craig (28-Oct-2018)
"Really enjoyed discovering this wine in the summer case - light and delicious , ordering more !"
Mrs Naomi Mawby (30-Aug-2018)
"Now here's a thing. As might be expected, its obvious lemony charms go really well wih mackerel, sardines, and salmon and trout but... Having lived in Yorkshire for aenough years to almost qualify for "Yorkshire" status I am reluctant to open another bottle before I've finished tje previous one; which was why I ended up drinking this with a fairly hot Chicken Jalfrezi! All the (perfectly admirable) steely lemony notes disappeared and it became a beautifully balanced, refreshing, fruity complement to a hot curry.Such is its inate quality, no weird and wonderful flavours ruined my culinary experience. Worth more than every penny.."
Mr Dominic Field (22-Jul-2018)
"Not a patch on the 2016; lacking the clean more mineral edge & the spritz"
Mr Nicholas Tilling (25-Jun-2018)
"Excellent example of everything a Vinho Verde should taste like.
Miss Helen Percicoe (11-Jun-2018)
"Loved this, spritzy and tasty, ordered some more!"
Ms Celia Clayton (31-Jan-2018)
"Really enjoyed this wine, very refreshing and light with just the right spritz. Excellent value for money. Will be buying again."
Mr Philip Hill (27-Jan-2018)
"Zesty, light and lovely. Great value, definitely recommend!"
Mr Rory Macdonald (26-Nov-2017)
"Spritzig, fresh and summery with some depth. Lovely garden wine, goat's cheese salad or scallops. Good value at the price."
Mr Peter McFarlane (08-Nov-2017)
"Wow! This 2016 is rather good. After the disappointing 2015, back to form for a favourite. Gentle but persistent pétillance, zippy acidity and a touch of fruit for balance, it's hard not to quaff all at once."
Mr Andras Salamon (18-Sep-2017)
"I found this quite pleasant with some smoked salmon and mixed olives. It would have been even better if the sun had stayed out."
Mr Ray Mount (30-Jul-2017)
"Absolute cracker. Liked VVs for a long time - it's an excellent value white if you want easy drinking, light and fresh. We'll be ordering a half doz."
Mr Mark Leach (21-Jun-2017)
"What's not to like? It's the real the real McCoy at a realistic price and great for those summer lunches and BBQ's as well - it's a light refreshing quaff on its own as well!"
Mr Andrew Vander Meersch (08-Jun-2017)
"The Society have got it absolutely right this year. I found the last couple of vintages disappointing, with a lack of guts and style, and much preferred the Quinta de Azevedo for a quid more. This year it's spot on. All the typical characteristics you expect, with a delightful spritz, very dry but not remorselessly acidic, with bags of character."
Mr Kevin Barry (02-Jun-2017)
"Added this to try in my first order - bright, lemon zest with refreshing elderflower flavours and slight petillance as expected. Enjoyed with a barbeque and equally drinkable on it's own the next day. The lower alcohol level may even permit a soupçon at lunchtime! Will definitely order more."
Mr Callum Montgomery (30-May-2017)
Good value. This is textbook vinho verde. Fresh and with a little fizz that only makes it better. It's an excellent aperitif and goes well with salty snacks and light foods. Uncomplicated and zesty."
Mr Rafael Goncalves (14-May-2017)
"Loved it. Simple, slight sparkle and lots of charm. Good to have in the fridge at all times."
Mr Michael Ahlquist (04-May-2017)
The Mail on Sunday (24th Sep 2017)
"… a steal ...a trove
of snappy, peachy, minerally treasure. - Olly Smith"
"Excellent value for a vinho verde very similar to what you get in Portugal, it has effervescence as well which is unusual for most I've had in the UK.
Will be buying again."
Mr Graeme Parnell (26-May-2017)
"Very enjoyable wine. Light and zesty with a refreshing crispness."
Mr James Small (23-Apr-2017)
"Nice and light with a slight fizz. Very enjoyable!"
Mr Henry Price-Haworth (28-Feb-2017)
"Sharp, acidic and thin in the extreme. Tried hard over the past year to grow to like it when delivered as part of a mixed case, but with no success. It's the only wine I've ever bought from The Society that's not reasonably acceptable to a pretty accomodating set of taste buds."
Mr Elliot Hepburn-John (20-Jan-2017)
Mr Eain Green (25-Nov-2016)
"Outside our usual comfort zone. We enjoyed it more the second day - refreshing and quite interesting."
Mr Edward Griffin (01-Sep-2016)
Mr Richard Baptista (26-Aug-2016)
Mrs Patricia E Bacchus (23-Aug-2016)
"Great cheap summer glugger. I prefer the extra fizz in this wine to other more expensive Verdes."
Mr Iain Gosling (11-Aug-2016)
"This is the slightly sparkling version and amongst my friends it goes down very well.
I did a blind test against the exhibition equivalent (non sparkly) and the society one wins hands down. I'd say they gave the exhibition 3 to 4 stars and the society one the full 5.
Its a summer party, drinking sociably not seriously wine."
Mr Daniel Tregear (11-Aug-2016)
"It's a delight to sip this wine on a summer's evening; a lively spritz, bone dry, granny smith's apples come to mind. Wonderful value, less than six quid, eat your heart prosecco!"
Mr Tom Bulley (04-Aug-2016)
"This is an uncomplicated, yet delightfully refreshing wine, with savoury characteristics, hints of olives on the palate, and a clean waxy finish. Good value for money, and easy drinking in the summer with grilled fish or chicken."
Dr Lucy Yang (25-Jun-2016)
"Serve well chilled with a barbecue - fantastic summer time drinking, and one of the best value wines on the site. As mentioned by others it's vibrancy is extreme with the combination of acidity and dryness, but I regularly buy a couple of bottles each order during summer"
Mr Ben Whittle (08-Jun-2016)
"A perfect summer wine at a reasonable price. The first glass was slightly spritzy with noticeable acidity and a reasonable amount of fruit. The final glass the following day was more mellow, fruity and unctuous. An ideal picnic or seafood wine or enjoy on its own."
Dr Brian Carr (22-May-2016)
"Simple, uncomplicated and refreshing. The colour is very pale straw-green and the scent of strong biting citrus acid is dominating. On pouring, there is a playful amount of effervescence which soon fades. The taste is straightforward and direct: bone-dry juicy lime. Some may call this austere but I love high acid wines and this wine was a delight with the warm summer air and a spicy BBQ.
Fantastic value for money for a simple, straightforward wine. Don't be too critical!"
Mr Brett Carrington (14-May-2016)
"It's certainly spritzy; halfway to fizzy. Also thin and a bit sour. I almost spat it out! Avoid"
Dr Max Hookway (03-May-2016)
Reader's Digest (1st Aug 2016)
"My pick of the bunch
[of wines low in alcohol](and it's nothing to do with the price!). Crisp and
clean with a gentle effervescence, which makes each glass feel like an
occasion. - Rachel Walker"
The Times (25th Jun 2016)
wines, summer 2016: What could be more summery than a refreshing, floral,
tongue-tingling, only 11.5 per cent alcohol glass of vinho verde? It is
bristling with the alvarinho and trajadura grape’s sparky, spritzy, aromatic,
verdant fruit. Fish such as mackerel love this lean but lively zingy white —
and it’s perfect for a summer party.
- Jane MacQuitty
Dr Paul Rasdale (13-Aug-2016)
"The 2014 vintage is starting to get a bit 'tired' - still drinkable but it has lost its earlier freshness and a slight musty off-note is apparent"
Mr John Purse (10-Mar-2016)
"We've just consumed a bottle of this wine with a cheese fondue. It's absolutely perfect -- lively, with plenty of acidity but not too much. A bargain at the price."
Mr Nick Chadwick (27-Nov-2015)
"Apple and citrus. Light mineral with some richness on the finish. Slight dry carbonation on the tongue like from sparkling mineral water but far less intense. This is a straight forward wine (as it should be) but it doesn't have any lack of interest. Perfectly balanced and very high quality. I've never had a white from a supermarket for £6 that doesn't have a rustic or a slightly off taste, however this is totally pure. If it was exactly what I wanted for an occasion would pay double for it. Stunning wine at a rock bottom price."
Mr Anthony O'Halloran (14-Nov-2015)
"These days the cost of wine creeps up in an almost furtive manner where suddenly you are paying £9.00 for an average bottle of wine from one of the more upmarket supermarkets. For many years I drifted away from The Wine Society (I've been a member for 21 years) but it is this sort of wine that has brought me back. £5.95 for this wine is outrageously inexpensive, it's beautifully balanced and the spritz gives it even more summer charm. Buy it - that's all."
Mr David J Ferguson (10-Aug-2015)
"Even better than the 2013. Bright and spritzy, with an aspirin-like minerality but nary a trace of austerity thanks to just the right amount of lemony fruit. All we need now is the summer weather to go with it... Come on buyers!"
Mr Edgar Bettridge (03-Jun-2015)
The Guardian (30th Jan 2016)
"Refreshingly spritzy. - Fiona Beckett"
Daily Mail (1st Aug 2015)
"Crisp, clean and
lemony, with a delightful touch of spritz, this is the UK’s best value Vinho
Verde right now. Portugal’s most famous style of white wine has never looked so
neat, tidy and also great value. - Matthew Jukes"
"This has become one of our favourite staples. Light and refreshing but not lacking in depth of taste. Slight bubble makes it celebratory and low alcohol makes it very acceptable. Reminds us of lazy holiday lunchtimes in the Portuguese sunshine. What's not to like?"
Ms Jane Harrington (16-Mar-2015)
"A great Vinho Verde, especially for the price. Light on the palate, just a bit of sweetness and that slight sparkle you expect from a green wine. At 11.5%, you can get into a bottle of this and not worry (too much!). My only issue - it makes me wish for a summers evening. This wine would be perfect. I will order a case in preparation. For now, I'll just have to do with using is as a mid-winter pick me up.
Mr Tom Watts (13-Jan-2015)
"A European white of this price bracket has no right to be this fresh over a year after harvest. Spritzy, dry, bright and non-aromatic, with no oak: fantastic."
Mr Edgar Bettridge (29-Nov-2014)
"Wonderful, refreshing wine. Has a reliable spritz which emphasises the youthful verve of this wine nicely. Fine by itself, great with fish - try it with trout."
Mr Kevin Barry (09-May-2014)
"A definite spritz and very refreshing. Better than I had expected and definitely a wine worth considering for those sunny weekend lunchtimes and evenings to come!"
Mr Peter Holpin (16-Apr-2014)
"Light, fruity, fresh. Think I was lucky, seem to have had a second fermentation in the bottle as I have bubbles!"
Mr Graeme Grady (28-Mar-2014)
Western Mail (2nd Aug 2014)
"A lively little
mover. A brisk nose of crisp grassy notes and crunchy white fruits, while in
the mouth the crisp green apple has an underpinning of citrus lemon notes. The
apple fruit then battles its way through the mid-palate to the refreshing
finish. - Neil Cammies"
Wine-pages.com (13th Jun 2014)
"Only 11.5 abv, this
is a blend of 60% Alvarinho and 40% Trajedura with a lovely hint of waxiness
and Riesling-like lift and apple. The palate is clean and fresh, but has that
rounding waxy hint against the plentiful lime and lemon acidity. Fresh as a daisy
and truly delicious for summer drinking. - Tom Cannavan"
"Bought a couple of bottles on a whim, thought it did exactly what it said on the tin, fresh, great aperitif, good palate cleanser at this time of year, would suit an outdoor summer lunch when the sun does eventually shine."
Mr Thomas Shelley (27-Dec-2013)
"Verde may well be an acquired taste, but for those who do enjoy these wines, this is a very good example. Easy to drink, very light on the fizz and a refreshingly low alcohol level."
Mr Nicholas R L Hawtrey (17-Dec-2013)
"'Verde' is the word, this tasted very sharp and unripe. I know this is how verde is meant to taste: if you like verde you may like this, but not for me."
Dr Brian Murray (20-Nov-2013)
"Comments from our U3A winetasting group were:
Pale straw colour, very slightly sparking, citrus aroma, taste of green apples/citrus, little aftertaste. 5/10"
Dr Paul Martinez (23-Aug-2013)
"I bought this wine on the strength of a review by the Sunday Times, something I'll never do again. It's slightly acidly with nothing else going for it. It's even difficult to open as the cork is smaller than normal."
Mr Andrew J O'Neill (18-Aug-2013)
The Daily Telegraph (30th Nov 2013)
"Lithe, bright, gentle
wine to suit those who like pinot grigo/picpoul. Very slight prickle. What I
call an invisible wine – light and refreshing. - Victoria Moore"
House & Garden (Nov 2013)
"With Louisa Carter's
Oysters with grapefruit-and-gin granita a really crisp, light, well-chilled
bone-dry white can go very well … a good vinho verde is spot on. - Joanna Simon"
Scotland on Sunday (6th Oct 2013)
Floral apple and lemon flavours that are given an
interesting twist of cumin without compromising its credentials as
straightforward wine for all seasons. - Brian Elliott
The Lady (20th Sep 2013)
"I love this citric,
chalky and spritzy Portuguese white. - Henry Jeffreys"
York Press (14th Sep 2013)
... impressive at the price ... Dry, fresh and
clean tasting, it suggests grapefruit and pear, with some mineral notes and
some characteristic Vinho Verde spritz. It would be a perfect match with
grilled sardines, or any uncomplicated fish dish for that matter. - Mike Tipping
The Mail on Sunday (1st Sep 2013)
"…snappy … top value … Olly Smith"
Sunday Life (11th Aug 2013)
"This is a perfect summer lunch wineas it's
slightly lower in alcohol at 11.5% and is really dry, crisp and has a slight
spritz to it, great with seafood and salads. - Paula
Manchester Evening News (3rd Aug 2013)
"… a great example of what this slightly spritzy
green-tinged wine has to offer. - Andy
The Newcastle Journal (30th Jul 2013)
"This is a mouthwatering 2012
blend of alvarinho and trajadura. It's dry, with the usual slight fizz,
tang-fresh lemony fruit and just a savoury touch of liver-salts I'm not sure
how they've managed it, but it costs just £5.95 - superb value. - Helen
Belfast News Letter Group (20th Jul 2013)
"Incredibly easy-drinking, delightfully dry, very slightly sparkling. Seductive, elegant, full of bright, sharp citrus flavours which mingle alongside hints of mineral in this light-bodied drop making a great aperitif. - Raymond Gleug"
manchesterconfidential.com (22nd Jul 2013)
"Just 11 per cent and rakingly fresh it comes from courtesy of the skilled Monção co-op, where the traditional Alvarinho and Trajadura varieties benefit from modern vinification techniques. A real bargain for an un undervalued Portuguese speciality. - Neil Sowerby"
The Doncaster Star/The Sheffield Star (20th Jul 2013)
"Traditionally styled Vinho Verde, delicately fragrant and with refreshingly light spritz on the palate. Very dry, but full of flavour at a great price. Good with prawns."
Various (13th Jul 2013)
"Splashes into the glass like sea foamily glancing onto a pebble. The bubbles frizzle, frazzle and disappear. On the nose there’s refreshing pears apples and ... well, garden daisies? Spritzy summer sipping. - Jane Clare"
The Sunday Times (14th Jul 2013)
"Feather-light Portuguese white, with a hint of sugar but a dry, citrusy core. Liable to cause silliness despite having only 11.5% ABV - Bob Tyrer"
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