Passing the time with my sister on her porch during a lazy, hot afternoon, she gave a pour to a nicely chilled Gazela Vinho Verde. She has decided it is one of her favourite summer bottles since it is light, super easy drinking, food friendly and wonderfully cheap. Vinho Verde is the largest wine producing region in Portugal. It is located in the northwest and is bordered by Atlantic Ocean and the Minho which separates Portugal from Spain’s Galicia region. Gazela is produced at Quinta de Azevedo winery, an estate owned by Sogrape Vinhos in the Vinho Verde region. The grapes were sourced from both company owned and private farmers and are of the traditional Vinho Verde varieties. The blend is predominantly Loureiro, with Pederna, Trajadura and Azal.
Pale straw in colour, aromas of honeysuckle and citrus zest swirled about in the glass. Lemon and fresh cut grass joined a tangy acidity in the effervescent body, whilst clean minerals and citrus zest comprised the zippy finish. Simple and easy drinking with a very modest alcohol content, this is a refreshing crowd pleaser for the summer.
Vinho Verde Blend
Bottled by Sogrape Vinhos, S.A.
$6 [Average Price]
Rated 84 points by Wine Enthusiast