RAMOS PINTO DUAS QUINTAS DOURO WHITE 2018
Rabigato and Viosinho are the two quirky white grapes that make this refreshingly dry white wine, which comes from the Douro Valley in northern Portugal.
Rabigato takes its name from the words Rabo de Gato, which means cat’s tail and refers to the long clusters of grapes. It’s also a white grape that’s known for the naturally high acidity that it brings to white wine, making it well suited to ageing as well as contributing super fresh qualities to young wines.
It’s often blended with Viosinho, which, like Rabigato, is thought to originate in the Douro Valley. It has small berries, intensely aromatic fruit flavours and has often been described as “Portuguese Sauvignon Blanc”. Together with Rabigato, it makes high quality whites that don’t cost an arm or half a leg, as this wine of the week shows.
The Douro is best known for port but it is increasingly home to interesting dry white and red wines too, both of which put the region’s best quality foot forward.