Question: What is Antao Vaz?
Answer: It is a native grape variety throughout Portugal especially successful in the southeastern Alentejo region with Indicacao Geografica Alentejano. Versatile one used for quite exotic white wines from early picked fresh and lively to riper later harvest in a rich rounder style. A really excellent blend your scribe has enjoyed is by winemaker Antonio Macanita using 12 months in French oak for Arrepiado Collection Reserva 2016 (13 abv) of 70% of Antao Vaz plus 15% each of Chardonnay & Riesling. A lovely fresh, rich, creamy wine with a touch of spice. Check out underrated Antoa Vaz!
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