Wine of the week: Maria Saudade R200 exclusively on the wine list of Adega restaurants esária Évora, the barefoot diva from the Cape Verde Islands, sang in the patois of the midAtlantic about longing. Or “saudade”, as they say in Portuguese. Longing for a fisherman, a lover, for youth, for the past.
The Portuguese have a whole category of music to celebrate this melancholy feeling: fado, played slowly on a guitar, accompanying a woman’s mournful voice. One must-do when visiting Lisbon is dinner in a fado café.
It was a Portuguese vinho verde rosé that slipped into the top six at our weekly WellsFaber blind tasting at the Taj Hotel in Cape Town last month. Our tastemaker Tongai favourably rates this blend of Vinhão & Alvarelhão grapes. Fresh and fruity, and with under 10% alcohol, Maria Saudade makes a perfect lunch date.
Try a bottle with peri-peri prawns, roast chicken or octopus stew, or, for a real treat, with a plate of grilled sardines with coarse salt. This is the kind of wine that makes you long for Mozambique.
The country is a former Portuguese colony and even today Portuguese cultivars are more popular in the bars and