Appearance - a clear and bright wine with a lemon-green colour of pale intensity. Very few tears and a broad watery rim.
Nose - a clean, vibrant nose showing all its youth with well defined aromatics of medium plus intensity. Aromas are mainly ripe but fresh fruits, starting off with a grapey scent, Melba peach, green apple, just a touch of citrus fruit of very ripe lemons and a floral undertone resembling chamomile.
Palate - totally dry wine, with medium acidity refreshing the palate, medium minus alcohol level and body. Flavour intensity is medium, not as exuberant as the broad nose was hinting, with the profile shifting towards more evident citrus notes, green apple peel, adding pineapple to the ensemble, more floral also with the grapey notes only appearing on the background, through the medium length finish.
Conclusions (15/20) - wine expresses good quality, although showing a slight unbalance between the nose, which is richer and more fruity, influenced by Muscat, and the palate showing more austerity, green fruit and floral notes from Verdelho/Viognier, altogether it gives way to a lively and fresh ensemble that shows clear gastronomic abilities. Wine is ready to drink and not really intended for ageing, but can mellow out slightly and become more harmonious over the next year. Nevertheless do not hesitate to bring it to your table right away!
_Note: Sample kindly provided by José Maria da Fonseca