Fossil Vale de Capucha, 'Branco', 2017, Torres Vedras, Portugal


A rich and refined Portuguese white with a golden colour. A more rounded, deep style of wine - this would appeal to fans of viognier, chardonnay, or white rioja's. It's that kind of vibe. Lovely baked apple, citrus, and an almost herbal earthiness with a creamy mouthfeel and toasty finish. Still crisp, and refined, balanced, and would suit richer seafood, paella, chicken, grilled octopus, or even cured hams and charcuterie.

Vineyards are in the Lisboa region, just 9 km inland from the Atlantic, now led by the winemaker Pedro Marques. Although his family have farmed in the area for generations, Pedro replanted the vineyards in 2000 with native Portuguese varietals which are better suited to the climate and soils. Pedro is fully committed to working organically, despite the challenges of a cool maritime climate. He is certified by SATIVA. He uses permanent, wild cover crops.

Producer: Fossil Vale de Capucha

Country: Portugal

Region: Lisboa

Grapes: Gouveio, Fernão Pires, Arinto

Alcohol: 13.0%

Vintage: 2017

Status: Vegan. Organic