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Meandro Branco, Do Vale Meao, Douro, 2019

£18.49 GBP

Meandro comes from one of our favorite wine estates Quinta do Vale Meao in the Douro Valley, Portugal. The vineyards are owned and farmed by the Olazabal  family, who are direct descendents from the impressive D. Antonia Adelaide Ferriera who established the estate in 1870. The winery is now run by Francisco "Xito" Olazabal, who is taking time and care to bring the very best out of the many parcels of vineyards at his disposal.


Like others in this region, Vale Meao is situated a good way up the Douro river, they make world class reds, and ports. We also really like their white table wine. The climate here is perhaps more suitable to ripening red grape varieties, and the heat can be a problem for white wines. But at Meao, they have multiple sites, on different soils at different altitudes. This allows Xito to put together the best suited varieties and vineyards, resulting in a really fresh Douro white wine.


It is a blend of Portuguese varieties Arinto, which gives you fresh acidity and a salty tang, and Rabigato which provides plenty of fruit. It does have a coastal aroma to it, fresh saline notes, also some zesty fruit, great acidity, and an underlying richness coming from lees ageing. It's remarkable that they have made this wine with so much flavour and brightness, in a really hot climate, and have managed to keep the alcohol to 12.5%, making it a real drinker.


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