Quinta de Cabriz Reserva Branco 2018
A short period in wood has given this essentially fruity wine just the right amount of gravitas. So to the fruitiness have been added toastiness and a smooth texture. The citrus and the open character of the wine come together well at the end.
The 2018 Branco Reserva (Quinta de Cabriz) is an Encruzado, partly (50%) aged in new French oak for three months, the rest in stainless steel. It comes in at 13% alcohol. This feels fuller in the mouth than I expected, and the fruit mingles with the oak in good balance. A surprisingly fresh Reserva, this rises above the wood to maintain its freshness. There is that early hit of wood, to be sure. Overall, this has good body for the level and a pleasing if not particularly long finish. It's another nice value. There were 40,000 bottles produced.
Lusciously spiced, with a vanilla cream undertone to the poached peach and pureed mango notes that linger into an herbal, mineral-tinged finish. Drink now. 3,350 cases made, 230 cases imported. - GS