Beyra Branco 2015

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Apologies to people who are tiring of hearing me bang on about how brilliant Portuguese wines are but there’s just one more I have to sneak in. I talked about the Beyra Tinto a couple of weeks ago and today I’d like to highlight their white counterpart, Beyra Branco. I’m brief summary, the vineyards sit at 700m, very close to the Spanish border and south of the Douro, Rui Madeira is single-handedly reviving a region’s reputation.

Intense fruitiness, minerality and freshness of the altitude wines. This 2012 won the Decanter World Wine Awards Trophy for Best Portuguese White under £15. The striking zesty and green-fruit character in Beyra Branco do make it an excellent and high quality introduction to Portugal for people who enjoy aromatic dry whites.

Mineral and citrus fruitiness, grapefruit, hints of nettle and white flowers, very fresh and light on the palate, revealing the altitude of the vineyards. The soul of this wine lies in the unique combination of the Síria and Fonte Cal native grape varieties, from old vines planted in granite and schist soils with quartz veins in the Douro River’s hydro-graphical basin at an average altitude of 700 metres.

Excellent as an aperitif, with appetisers, grilled fish and shellfish and to share with friends! Likewise with the Red, as I mentioned before, receive free entry to the draw to win £650 set of custom golf irons from Martin Huish at the North Berwick Pro Shop.Beyra Branco £1.50 OFF, down to £8.50

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