Original tasting and review : This is Herdade Grande Colheita Selecionada Vinho Branco (White Wine), Alentejano, Portugal, 2005, finished at a fairly whopping 14% alcohol, sampled at an ambitious eight years of age.
In the glass: Medium light honey.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled
vigorously, shows crisp, sweet, peppery fruit. From the aroma, seems like this will be sleek and tangy still, despite its age.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact sleek with medium-dry butterscotch, filling the mouth, but not showing even a hint of too much age. Perfectly poised between brightness, acidity and full, deep fleshiness. The high alcohol is not apparent at all, but merely brings a fleshy roundness to the well-balanced experience. Peaches and cream in the long-lasting finish.
In summary: Overall, rates a rare four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, being an easy best value at its price point. Remarkable longevity too!
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