This week two wines, both from Aldi, that come from one of my favourite regions, Dão. At the more expensive end, this part of Portugal produces some quite brilliant wines, while there is great value to be found at more affordable prices. Both red and white wines are good, especially if you like medium-bodied wines without too much alcohol. The grape varieties may be unfamiliar, but a little adventure will certainly pay off here.
The Encruzado grape is one of the hidden gems of Portugal, often compared to Chardonnay. The wines made from it, like the one below, generally have delicious fresh fruits and a lovely mouth-filling texture. Touriga Nacional is arguably Portugal’s great red variety, producing richly flavoured red wines (and ports) with fine tannins. Both of these wines, the red in particular, are great value for money.
Dão Encruzado 2021, Mimo Moutinho, Edição Limitada, €11.99 from Aldi
This is a very attractive, refreshing wine with succulent pear and peach fruits, plenty of citrus and a dry finish. Drink as an aperitif or with grilled fish, pumpkin risotto or a pork casserole.
Dão Touriga Nacional 2021, Mimo Moutinho, Edição Limitada, €7.99 from Aldi
Light, juicy morello cherries and blackcurrants with light tannins on the supple finish. Perfect with cold meats, mild cheeses or light chicken dishes.