Valoroso Chardonnay 2016

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Vinho Regional Península de Setúbal

We’ve championed Portugal’s rich, native reds for years. Now, we’re excited to bring you something NEW: a ripe, rounded Chardonnay from sunny Península de Setúbal.

Valoroso means ‘valiant’ – and this rich Chardonnay pays tribute to the ‘Comendadora’ title (aka ‘knighthood’) that fourth-generation proprietor Leonor Freitas was awarded by the Portuguese government for service to the wine industry. Her family’s estate was founded by Deonilde Freitas in 1920, and today its 210 hectares of vineyards produce some of the country’s finest wines. Look no further than this gorgeous example, crafted by Jaime Quendera – the man behind the ‘Best Red Wine in the World’ (Vinalies Internationales, 2008).

Being the choosy, quality-focused winemaker that he is, Jaime took his time in selecting the grapes – only the finest parcels made the cut. Look forward to aromas of yellow plum and nectarine, with a succulent palate of ripe apple, yellow peach and buttered toast (thanks to a delicate, four-month slumber in top-notch oak barrels). There’s great balance here (a hallmark of all Jaime’s wines) and a long, mineral-tinged finish. It’s a perfect partner for hearty vegetarian fare or citrus-roasted chicken.

“ … Portugal is one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world today,” Wine Spectator says. And thirsty fans everywhere are starting to catch on. Get your share of this mouthwatering taste before we run out.