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Casa do Lago Branco DFJ Vinhos, Vinho Lisboa. 2012

Country
Portugal
Region
Lisboa
Producer
DFJ Vinhos
Grape(s)
Fernão Pires (34%)
Arinto (33%)
Chardonnay (33%)
Type
White
Style
Fruity
Oaked Style
Unoaked
Body Style
Medium bodied
Dry / Sweet Style
Dry
Alcohol Content (%)
13
Closure Style
Screw Cap
Organic / Biodynamic
Normal

Region

The Vinho Regional Lisboa (previously known as Estremadura) extends north and west of Lisbon, following the rugged Atlantic coastline.The windswept rolling landscape is dotted with old windmills and modern wind turbines overseeing vineyards and pine forest. It is Portugal`s third largest wine producing region in volume terms, but arguably the source of the country`s best value table wines. Most of the region enjoys a maritime climate that allows production of fresh whites and balanced red wines. The last ten years have seen a surge of ambitious small growers making far more interesting wines across a wide selection of grape varietals.

Producer

The dominant figure in Estremadura, where the IGP Lisboa wines are produced, is winemaker José Neiva, of DFJ Vinhos. At his imposing `wine cathedral` he makes a broad range of overtly appealing red wines characterised by their ripe, accessible fruit, lush textures and good concentration, and clean citrusy whites, all at very reasonable prices. Neiva is quite open about the interventionist winemaking techniques that he uses to wring every drop of flavour from his grapes resulting in a very modern fruit lead style that highlights the natural flavours of a myriad of native varieties.

Tasting (Long)

Dry and medium bodied, perfectly ripe grapes have given this wine a pronounced fresh aroma on the nose of lemon, white flowers and a touch of honeysuckle. The palate has an excellent balance of mouth filling green apple and melon fruit with white blossom and greengages, and an unusual white pepper-like spiceiness. Nice and long on the finish that has a refreshing citrus tang. Cepage 33% Fernao Pires 33% Arinto 33% Chardonnay.

Tasting (Short)

Dry, medium bodied with a fresh aroma and an excellent balance of mouth filling green apple and melon fruit finishing with a white pepper like spice.

Food

Excellent on its own or with Mediterranean food, or with dishes such as lemon chicken, creamy pasta and white fish.

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