My last media trip to a wine region was to the Dão in Portugal. You know those days prior to COVID. I must have visited over a dozen wineries all in beautiful settings. I think the star grape was Encruzado which makes a beguiling white wine. For what we see in Ontario the Douro leads the Portuguese pack followed by Alentejano. The Dão regrettably is way back.
This Evidência is a blend of Encruzado, Malvasia Fina and Bical. On the nose tangerine, apricot and guava kissed by minerality. On the palate a dry and smooth wine. Just when you might think it lacks character there is a sudden updraft of blood orange. A short finish. This would suit white fleshed ocean fish or grilled chicken breast that has been marinated in beer, smoked paprika, merquen and a hint of Saigon cinnamon. For vegheads an Umbrian Carbonara might do the trick or some Turkish green beans. A decent quaffer on those hot summer days and at $12.95 an inflation beater.
This a creature of stainless steel with no oak.
Parras is a huge producer of wines throughout Portugal. They have a 100% Encruzado so I can only hope we see it in Canada so you may be able to share my fascination with that grape all on its lonesome.
(Evidência 2020, DOC Dâo, Parras, Portugal, $12.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 25244, 750 mL, 13.5%, RKS Wine Rating 89/100).