An exploration of wine

412. Bacalhôa, Terras do Sado Catarina, 2006

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Book 3 Wine 412

£6.99; 14%

My colleague Cristiana had had the 2005 of this, and gave me a bottle for helping her find some in the UK. Cracked the bottle a couple of days later with Jack & Sarah, and Tony & Mary, to kick-off dinner. A pretty nice drop – and my first Portuguese dry white (interestingly, this is from the Setúbal peninsular, home of the well-known Moscatel de Setúbal). Good value at £6.99. Pale lemon, with green glints. Floral notes (elderflower) over tangerine and grapefruit, on the nose. Pink grapefruit flavour. Medium-bodied, and medium length. An entertaining Chardonnay – presumably because of the sizeable slug of the indigeneous grape, Fernão Pires, in the blend.

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