Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Wine of the week - Manz Cheleiros, Dona Fatima, Jampal (2011)

We've been fans of Portuguese wines for a while now, grasping the opportunity to taste them when available. This bottle of Manz Cheleiros Dona Fatima was bought completely on a whim and the recommendation of the salesman in Oddbins when given the brief of 'something interesting' by Sam. He wasn't wrong, this is a really interesting bottle.

Jampal is a rare Portuguese grape variety, which Jancis Robinson described as a "southern Portuguese grape with possibly unrealised potential" in her 'Guide to wine grapes' back in 1996. I think she's right, and according to the Manz website this is the only example of a single varietal Jampal in the world.

The wine is pale lemon in colour and has lush fruit aromas of green apple and citrus, with hints of stone fruit and an oily minerality. To taste it's dry with a medium body and acidity, and a long finish. There are hints of nuttiness, the citrus on the nose delivers through the taste with a grapefruit pithiness,  lemon, and then some stone fruit follows afterwards. The flavours are bright and it's a really interesting wine with some very complex flavours.

RRP £15, Currently available from Oddbins.

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