Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Tim’s Tasting Notes

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2013 Filipa Pato FP Branco, Beiras

£11.75, 12.5%, Oddbins

Filipa Pato is one of the most dynamic winemakers in Portugal right now, crafting wines that are every bit as good as those of her father, Luis, albeit in a different, more modern style. This blend of Arinto and Bical, this is tangy, sappy and refreshing, showing the Atlantic influence that colours the wines of Portugal's coastline and flavours of fresh herbs and citrus fruit. Just the thing to drink with a seafood platter, especially if you're in Portugal. 

 

 

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2009 The Liberator (This Bird Has Flown), Swartland

£11.95, 14.5%, The Wine Society

This Cape blend of Chenin, Viognier, Chardonnay and Clairetter Blanche won't be to everyone's taste - it's got some age to it and a developed, Sherry-like not - but I salute its ambiiton and left field flavours. Rich and honeyed, with some vanilla and nutmeg spice, fresh acidity and bags of concentration. Appealingly funky. 

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2010 Luis Pato Vinhas Velhas White Wine, Beiras

£10.95, 12%, The Wine Society

A taut, minerally, screwcapped white blend from a producer whose white wines age really well and are just as good as his more famous reds. Fresh, unoaked and slightly smoky with hints of jasmine and ginger spice and a long, satisfying finish. Portugal's answer to Chablis, with a hint of Riesling thrown in, this proves that local grapes like Bical and Cercial are capable of producing thrilling, bottle-matured white wines. 

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