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Tons de Duorum 2010 – a Portuguese White Blend

I don't usually write reviews about wines I haven't enjoyed. I prefer to write
Posted 11th July 2011        
     

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I don’t usually write reviews about wines I haven’t enjoyed. I prefer to write about wines that I have enjoyed and want to share with my readers, but I had a wine the other day that although not bad was just disappointing in so many ways.

The Tons de Duorum White 2010 is a blend from the same guys who make the red blend, Tons de Duorum 2008, which I have reviewed over on RedWine.co.uk. I really enjoyed the red blend so I was expecting another great wine from winemakers Joao Portugal Ramos and Jose Maria Soares. The two are very respected Portuguese winesmakers and have begun a new project in the Douro Valley to bring out what they hope is the best wine from some of the best terroir in the region. They have spent a lot of time and effort to pick the best spots in the Douro for their winemaking venture and have planted over 250 hectares of vines.

What do I expect from Portuguese whites, you might be thinking? Well, I always think of Portuguese whites as having a very specific minerality as well as being fresh and lively with zesty citrus and tropical fruit flavours and aromas, good structure and reviving acidity. If it’s a vinho verde, it’s a less substantial wine but always a thirst quencher and easy to drink. Whites from other regions might have more body but they’ve always been very enjoyable to drink and some can be rather thought provoking.

So, it was with anticipation that I opened the Tons de Duorum white (a blend of Portuguese varietals, Viosinho, Rabigato, Verdelho and Arinto).

A bare whiff of, maybe, a faint trace of lemon but it was curiously closed. A quick swig of the wine and it didn’t get any better. I swished it around hoping to find something more then lemon water but sadly, there was nothing. I could have bought Tesco Pinot Grigio on sale and had pretty much the same experience. What a disappointment.

I suppose my expectations had been pumped up by the red wine. What a comedown to this white; I was really expecting a lot more, especially as I’ve had some great white blends here in London. Selling for £8.50 a bottle, definitely not worth it.

I’ve read other reviews and they’ve all been glowing so maybe I got a dud bottle but after this experience, I’m in no hurry to buy a bottle of the Tons de Duorum white blend: maybe next year’s will be better.

     

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