During our recent – and utterly outstanding – meal at The Quality Chop House in Farringdon, we enjoyed two fabulous white wines which quenched our thirst and offered us something else to contemplate besides the fantastic food.
This was the second wine we had, not that that is particularly relevant as we weren’t trying to match with the food at all. In any case, as most of the meat that we had was pork, the white wines ended up complementing the food extremely well.
This is a Quinta do Feital ‘Auratus’ 2011, an unoaked white from the Minho region of Portugal on the Spanish border, made up of 60% Alvarinho (Albariño) and 40% Trajadura (Treixadura). The description on the wine list at The Quality Chop House reads:
Very broad appeal – freshness of Albarino but not sickly-sweet fruit. Made by Spanish producers who couldn’t find the grapes they wanted so jumped across the border instead.
I found it had an aroma of fruit and hay with a rich, buttery gold colour in the glass – apparently auratus means gold in Portuguese. Its flavor was sweet and off dry and almost like a more dignified moscato with its bold, but still refined fruit. Unlike the first wine we had, there was the hint of alcohol but none of the warmth associated with it giving this wine a very crisp, refreshing finish.
It is excellent value, sold for anywhere between £8-£15 throughout Europe and the US, and was awarded 90 points by The Wine Advocate. It’s perfect to enjoy on a hot summer’s day as an aperitif and delicate enough to drink with subtly flavored foods.