In a nutshell: Classic crisp, vibrant and zippy Vinho Verde from northern Portugal.
The lowdown: This version of Portugal's well known zippy and zesty has been a long time favourite here at Noble Green. It's made from a blend of mainly Arinto and Azal which is hand harvested and carefully fermented in stainless steel at a controlled temperature to keep all the essential character. With fresh and bright aromas, there's a touch of spritz at first and a balanced, refreshing and invigorating acidity which is complemented by bright citrus and ripe stone fruit flavours. It's a classic, clean and invigorating Vinho Verde that's well made and finishes off on the signature, slightly off dry note.
When to drink: This is a perfect light white that works particularly well in summer with salads, shellfish or just as an aperitif.
Quinta da Raza, located in Veade, Celorico de Basto, in the heart of the Vinho Verde region has a history which dates back to the mid-eighteenth century and during that time it's remained in the Teixeira Coelho family and is, nowadays, run by the fifth generation owner, Diogo Teixeira Coelho.
Diogo's involvment began after the death, in 1987, of his grandfather Inácio Xavier de Barros. Today he and wife Mafalda have 40 hectares of prime vineyard, in the sub region of Celorico do Basto. This is in the southern sheltered uplands of Vinho Verde at an altitude of around 250m where the soils are distinctive and they're not too far from the lower reaches of the Douro. They have an excellent small, modern winery at Raza now, but the reds are still made in traditional style by treading in the micro-lagares at the back of old, and rather grand, house built by previous generations.