The best dry 5.5% wine ever?
Casal Garcia, a traditional Portuguese winery have pulled off something rather brilliant with this innovative Vinho Verde. To start with the stats: it’s just 5.5% ABV and it contains only 40 kcal/100ml. Both are seriously low (half that of say a classic Sauvignon blanc).
How it does this is unclear to me, except that just possibly the wine is a little thin and there may be some simple dilution going on. But it is made from a classic blend of Trajadura, Loureiro, Pedernã and Aza grapes (albeit the Pedernã is less common) and it tastes just like a Vinho Verde, although with only the lightest of spritz. There is a lovely tang of grapefruit and a nice mineral finish.
I truly think that for anyone who likes their wines dry but wants to go as low as possible, then this wine is near perfection. It has a thoroughly grown-up in taste, has none of the sweetness or excess calories of a Moscato that might equal it in ABV and it does have a little spritz.
My only quibble today is that I can only find it in half-bottle sizes. But I’m sure that will get fixed.
Or this drink may well be available from your high street supplier – we’re sorry we cannot check them all but you might like to.
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