Eskuadro Kompassu branco 2015 (DOC Bairrada): the Atlantic freshness that Anselmo Mendes knows how to convey

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Beira is a beautiful region in north-center Portugal. From the more oriental dry lands to the Atlantic coasts this great viticultural region includes several wine denominations. Precisely one of the most Atlantic is Bairrada DOC, between Viseu and the academical Coimbra city. Calcareous clay soils are predominant, especially clayey. The alluvial soils are also present, witness of rivers like Levira or Certima. Catanhede is the village where Kompassus winery are located, whose winemaker Anselmo Mendes has chosen ArintoBicalCercialMaría Gomes (5o %) grape varieties for this wine :

Lemon yellow color that shows evolution and hardly tears (12 % vol. alcool only). A very intense nose a priori: the broom, yellow flower... wild flower in short. With the evolution it manifests mineral touchs. Round entrance in mouth, broad and fresh development after. The tension goes from less to more and puts the structure. Mouth notes for ripe citrus fruits and white stone fruit at its point of ripeness putting the roundness. Present the spice, the mount grass and even a saline note that evokes the Atlantic breezes. A very good elegance, and a bitter finish that evokes the herbal and grapefruit with a great persistence.

A great personality white wine. From the proven, a mixture of the Tras-os-Montes (Behind-the-mountains) wines with that almost marine influence of the Atlantic through those saline notes so positive. A great value for money as always is in Portuguese wines. In this case around 6 € / $ 7. Its good acidity allows a guard of 3/4 years to be served at 11º C to enjoy its minerality. As a traditional pairing I propose a Marinated Trout with potatoes (typical dish of Beira Alta). As a second pairing and without leaving Beira I propose a Cod 'Assis style' with vegetables. And as a third pairing ... travel to Coimbra and enjoy the Bairrada wines with the local fish. 

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