RKS Wine 2023: Azores Wine Company: 2018 Verdelho Original António Maçanita

This Verdelho has been grown in the volcanic soils of Pico Island in the Azores Islands of Portugal.

Photo: Robert K. Stephen

Aroma: Pineapple, honey, almonds and apple.

Palate: Noticeable minerality and salinity with a gentle acidic bite if not a tad of white pepper. Bits of pineapple, guava and lemon meringue.

Cellarability: Will not improve with age but will cruise into 2026 nicely.

Food Match: Simply prepared white fleshed “sea steak”.

Personality: Perky and a bit taut yet shy in its soul.

In a nutshell: An Azorean wine with a slightly outgoing personality held back by innate shyness. More than a merely drinkable wine its character should be savored.  

Price: At the winery on Pico Island 26 Euros.

RKS 2023 Wine Rating: 89/100.

(Azores Wine Company: 2018 Verdelho Original António Macanita, I.G. Açores, Azores Wine Company, Pico Island (Azores, Portugal), 750 mL)

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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