£75.00 GBP £81.20 GBP
Here at Butlers we pride ourselves in our extensive range of Portuguese Wines. For decades we have nurtured relationships with winemakers and importers and it is always exciting to see how this ancient wine, and more specifically, port producing country is evolving and expanding its offerings.
New generations are experimenting and developing wines with a real respect for their port producing heritage, always keeping one foot in the tradition but also moving with the modern tastes of the wine drinking world in a bid to promote the splendors of this remarkable country.
Here are some special picks ranging from North to South, an easy entry into the wonderful wines of Portugal. From the spritzy wines of Vinho Verde, to the violet bouquets of the Douro reds, highlighting winemakers along the way, who are making serious moves in ethical and natural wine production.
*We love all of these table wines but don't forget... Port is not just for Christmas! A large white port and tonic, with a slice of orange on a hot summer's day is a glorious thing!
1 x Raza (Vinho Verde)
We sell so much of this wine, it barely needs a plug! A slight fizz, crisp, fresh and fruity. Dangerously drinkable, coming in at 11.5%! With a little residual sugar (9g/L) it tackles a little spice but it’s a perfect party quaffer!
1 x Luis Pato Vinhas Velhas (Bairrada)
Did you know that Butlers Wine Cellar is a founder member of the Bairrada Club, in support of the fabulous wines of this region?! Bairrada is famed for its grippy red Baga wines, for roasting baby pigs and for the eccentric scientist of a winemaker, Luis Pato (‘Pato’ translates as duck, as you will see illustrated on his wine labels!) Luis put the wines of Bairrada on the map. His high-tech winery is a hive of experimentation and his new natural wines are not to be missed; with not a whiff of farmyard, these wines are expressive and textural and, true to his style, precise! But here we have the Vinhas Velhas, his classic white wine using the native grape varieties Bical, Cercial and Cercialinho. It is honey-ed and rich, without any oak influence. The cooling atlantic breezes bring a freshness, to balance the wine. A fine match for salt cod!
1 x Drink me Branco (Douro)
Another big character in the Portuguese wine world… this time, innovator of the Douro! We are in Port territory here but many of the estates have been branching out to still wine production over the years, and Dirk Niepoort, in particular, has been paving the way. He champions a more ethical and natural approach with his Nat’Cool range, working alongside his sons and in collaboration with wineries around the world.
But here, again, we start with his entry level, the old faithful, Drink Me Douro Branco: The native grape varieties include Códega do Larinho, Dona Branca, Gouveio, Rabigota, Viosinho.
On the nose mineral character, citrus and peaches and white flower. The palate shows great balance and complexity, with juicy stone fruit flavours, and a refreshing acidity. A very long and salty finish
1 x Terra Alter ALF (Alentejo)
Here we go south to Alentejo, where the history of vine growing dates back to Roman times. The Terra Alter project is led by renowned winemaker Peter Bright, who we've enjoyed hosting at our own wine tastings in previous years. He's an Australian who has been making wine in Portugal since 1982, and who focuses on its native grape varieties made in a modern expressive style.
The ALF (short for Alfrochiero) is often referred to as Portugal's Pinot Noir. It has a lovely soft nose, full of red berry fruit, a touch of spice and is superb value for money.
1 x Sivipa Serra Mae (Setubal)
Peninsula De Setubal is just south of Lisbon and is renowned for its production of the sweet wine Moscatel de Setúbal. This wine is a collaboration between the Cordoso family (SIVIPA) and our dear friend Raymond, who remembered this humble grape from his childhood, growing up in Lisboa. A red wine made with 100% Castelão grapes, grown on the free-draining, sandy soils West of Palmela. It is naturally fermented (no added yeast), and then subsequently aged, in concrete vats before bottling without fining or filtration.
The wine shows cherry and bramble fruits and woody herbs, and a fresh and juicy texture. Its fresh acidity is a perfect match for slow-roast lamb.
1 x Drink me Tinto (Douro)
Niepoort's idea behind the Drink Me label was to create an easy drinking red but without compromising the complexity, minerality and depth of classic Douro wines. This is a field blend of many grape varieties including Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela. Fresh, fruity and smooth with crunchy red fruit flavours, set off by a refreshing minerality.
Lamb, or beef whether barbecued, roasted or grilled are good partners here.
Total = £81.20 - discounted to £75.00
Fantastic wines bags of fruit and delightful soft reds.
Ideal chilled whites for alfresco gatherings and grub!