In a nutshell: A creamy and elegant oak aged Portuguese white blend from a leading cooperative in the Lisbon area.
The lowdown: The Santa Isidro de Pegões cooperative is always up among the country's top co-op's and has an excellent portfolio of wines. This is a blend of native Fernão Pires, Antão Vaz grapes together with a small amount of Verdelho, Arinto and Chardonnay which is fermented and aged for three months in French and American oak barrels. The result is a full flavoured wine with fruity aromas of orange blossom and fresh fruits which work in harmony with the oak spice. Rich and opulent on the palate with a creamy vanilla spice, it has a persistent, elegant finish.
When to drink: A real food friendly wine that suits full flavoured fish dishes, or things like poultry in a creamy sauce.
Founded in 1958 the Cooperativa Santo Isidro de Pegões is situated just south of Lisbon on the opposite side of the Tagus estuary. It has 140 winegrowers who between them farm over 1100 hectares of vineyard located in the Terras do Sado area of the Setúbal peninsula. This is a coastal that area benefits from mineral-rich sandy soils and cooling Atlantic winds. Santo Isidro de Pegões is one of the most forward thinking cooperatives in Portugal and their chief winemaker, Jaime Quendera one of Portugal's most respected winemakers.