2019 Fitapreta Branco, Ancestral, Alentejo, Portugal
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'This is another estate that I have encountered once before – like the Cap Royal above. And like Cap Royal, I liked my first sight of its wines (the 2016 Via Nua Touriga) but I love this new white release even more. Made from ‘extinct grapes’ this is a mind-blowingly complex wine which has almost the same silhouette as a Chablis and yet its flavour is phenomenal and intriguing in equal measure. The grapes come from two vineyards, Vinha da Nora and Vinha de Vale do Cepo. Vinha da Nora, which makes up 60% of the blend, is 35-37 years old, organically farmed since 2015 and the varieties from this site are Roupeiro (50%), Rabo de Ovelha (20%), Arinto (10%), Tamarez (10%) and Alicante Branco (10%). Vinha de Vale do Cepo, makes up 40% of the blend and this vineyard is 47 years old, certified under integrated production and the varieties in the blend are Roupeiro (20%) Alicante Branco aka Boal de Alicante (10%) Tamarez aka Trincadeira das Pratas (10%). So you can see that this is about as eclectic as it gets and it will also require a world of Googling to find out more about these grapes if you are interested. But forget the internet, because if you dive into a glass of this beauty this is where you will do the real learning and I can guarantee that this wine will blow you away. If you like any of these following wines styles – top-flight Chablis, Albariño, Soave, Verdicchio, Jurançon Sec, Fiano di Avellino, Sardinian Vermentino, to name but a few, then you will absolutely love this wine.' Matthew Jukes, Matthewjukes.com