2015 Quinta de Azevedo, Single Estate, Vinho Verde, Portugal (£8.29, reduced to £6.19, until 26 July, Waitrose).
It's about time that I recommended a bargain-priced summer glugger for your forthcoming garden-party season. I had lined up this wine from a long way out, having rated it highly when I saw a sample a few months ago and, by chance, those wonderful people at Waitrose have decided to overlap a discounted period with this very column talk about serendipity.
So, for the princely sum of six pounds and nineteen pence precisely, you can pick up a wickedly refreshing, pinpoint accurate, spine-tingling "green wine" that will act as the finestvalue aperitif of the year.
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Made from 95% loureiro and 5% perdan (a local synonym of arinto), this wine has a wondrous prickle of energy when it is released from the bottle and none of this verve is lost on the fragrant nose because it is sealed with a screw cap, thank goodness.
One important piece of advice it that this wine is best served ice cold. You will know this because it is precisely how it is served when you are on holiday in Portugal. Remembering this, do employ an ice bucket at home, too, because this wine is a vinous icicle designed to spear your palate and refresh the parts other wines cannot reach.
Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year (MatthewJukes.com).
Matthew Jukes has worked in the UK wine business for well over three decades and during this time has written 14 wine books.
Matthew regularly lectures, judges, speaks at wine conferences and runs masterclass tastings for both corporate and private clients all over the world. Matthew is also the creator of his ground-breaking initiative, the One Day Wine School, an indulgent day of tasting and learning first performed in 2006.
He has been the MoneyWeek wine correspondent since 2006 and has written a weekly column for the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine since 1999. His four highly-acclaimed, annual wine reports – the Burgundy En Primeur Report, the Bordeaux En Primeur Report, the Piemonte Report and the 100 Best Australian Wines – are published on his website, www.matthewjukes.com.
Matthew is one of the world’s leading experts on Australian wine and, with Brisbane-based wine writer Tyson Stelzer, runs an annual competition in Australia to find ‘The Great Australian Red’. He was made Honorary Australian of the Year in the UK at the 2012 Australia Day Foundation Gala dinner.
Matthew is a winner of the International Wine and Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year Trophy. His thoughts, recommendations and tastings notes are followed very closely by the wine world at large.
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