Wine – 2005 Quinta do Ameal Loureiro

2005 Quinta do Ameal LoureiroI like to try wines that I haven’t had or just plain haven’t heard of… and that would be true of this one. Before Friday, I had never heard of the Loureiro grape variety. I now know that it’s one of the varieties used to make the tasty Portugese Vinho Verdes I have had.

I made a trek to BC’s flagship Liquor Store on Friday and had a browse… SO MANY wines, so little time (and money). I wandered into the Portugese section because I’ve had so many wines from there that I’ve really liked over the years – almost 100% of them red though. This white caught my eye, so I decided to give it a go.

The colour is very light… like a young riesling. It’s light to medium-bodied (11.5% booze). The nose is lightly floral and citrus-y. The flavour is lightly fruity (I get peach) followed by crisp citrus acidity with a mineral edge. In wine terms it’s much like a Viognier has been crossed with Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon with a dash of Riesling. It all adds up to a mouthful of tastiness. This would be fantastic with seafood.

~$18 here in BC.

4 stars

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