This recent discovery by Tanners is a gem: a textured, dry white wine with crystalline acidity, a riveting smoky, mineral streak and floral, spice, stone fruit and lemon notes. If you like Assyrtiko, you'll love this Portuguese white.
It's made from indigenous grape varieties Rabigato, Viosinho and Gouveio (50:30:20) and comes from the granite and schist vineyards of Quinta do Vale Olmo, an estate high up in the remote Douro Superior, close to the little city of Mêda, not far from the Spanish border.
The estate has been owned by the Carvalho Martins family for four generations and was planted to vines at the start of the 20th century, but the family only started making wine there in 2014 when brothers Vasco and Rui Martins came back home from careers in banking and law.
It's a great partner for fish and seafood in almost any form, from a seafood platter to fritto misto, fish pie to roast cod, tuna to salad niçoise. It also goes with vegetable and cheese dishes such as spinach and feta quiche, cauliflower cheese and Greek salad and with light spicing. 12.5%. Empty bottle weight: 398g
Carvalho Martins Golpe Douro Branco 2021, Douro, Portugal