Red Wine /// Alvarinho // Lisboa / Portugal
Quinta do Gradil was founded in 1492 and is one of the country's oldest producers. They have been awarded best winery by Vinho Grandes Escolhas (Portugal's wine and gastronomical bible). They work with indigenous varieties and specialise in well made, classic styles.
Alvarinho is the signature white grape of Portugal and this is one of the greatest examples you could encounter. Stunningly pure and high toned, the acidity is jarring. It is ultra dry, but there is a short bit of barrel ageing which softens it suitably and adds a gorgeous bit of undertow to the wine. This is stunning and majestic - a real occasion white. STSWine