cedro do noval review

New release of this fabulous vinho branco. I must admit some bias. Having spent some days last year beneath the cedar tree (as depicted on the label), enjoying the same wine with an array of fine tapas-style nibbles and in good company, the memory flood of herbaceous and other wild aromas associate freely with Cedro do Noval. 

What is especially noteworthy is the freshness and intoxicating fruit flavours that mirror the richness of the in situ experience. The Douro is a formidable place with a formidable climate and here we have a wine of great elegance and excitement; a Dama among the terraces.

Grapes: 65% Viosinho, 35% Gouveio

Cedro do Noval White 2019 at £19.95 available at: Cambridge Wine Merchants, South Downs Cellars, Clarion Wines and Saxty’s.

 cedro noval collage 2019An apertivo under the Cedar Tree at Quinta do Noval and the view from the Quinta.

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