I’d never knowingly tried Verdelho, so when I was asked if a bottle of Berton Crook Road Verdelho 2006 would be OK, I didn’t know. There was only one way to find out.
It was pale and had a slight green tinge. It smelled citrussy with a smidge of herbyness and a vague florality. It tasted of limes. Fresh squeezed limes, not namby-pamby lime-essence, this was more like margarita-wine. The palate was bone dry with crisp, refreshing acidity, medium body and medium alcohol. At around £5-6 from Laithwates this is a perfect midweek wine. Australia week is going well.
The lime carried on wonderfully and would have gone fabulously well with lightly spiced Mexican or Asian dishes. The technical data sheet tells me this was the first wine made in a new winery, rather romantically described as “our ‘first crush’ wine”, which made me smile.