Luis Seabra Xisto Cru Douro Branco 2017
£194.09 Price Per Case ( 6 Bottles )
A very insinuating wine with dancing, mineral acidity which, with a bit of time in glass, unravels subtly smoky, nutty layers to its very textural, vegetal white asparagus palate. Like the Alvarinho, it has very distinctive soft, pillowy lees.
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Grapes for this Rabigato-led blend were sourced from three aged (+80 year old) elevated vineyards in Meda, the Douro Superior at between 650m and 700m above sea level. Other varieties (30% of the blend) include Códega, Gouveio, Viosinho and Dozelinho Branco. A very insinuating wine with dancing, mineral acidity which, with a bit of time in glass, unravels subtly smoky, nutty layers to its very textural, vegetal white asparagus palate. Like the Alvarinho, it has very distinctive soft, pillowy lees. 12%
Jancis Robinson: "70% Rabigato, 30% Códega, Gouveio, Viosinho e Donzelinho Branco at 650-700 m. Before pressing the grapes were crushed and de-stemmed, no prior maceration was done, the wine was decanted at low temperature for 24 hours, indigenous yeast fermentation and 12 months’ ageing took place in used French oak barrels of 228 litres. The alcoholic fermentation lasted 35 days and malolactic fermentation was not done. The total ageing was 12 months in barrel with the presence of the fermentation lees without stirring. TA 6.6 g/l, pH 3.09.
First impression is not oak but mineral, stony purity, supported by a creamy oak texture. Deep and chewy with really bright acidity and the fruit giving depth but not really specific fruit flavours. A hint of cedar, some spicy citrus and pear. Lovely contrast of deep texture and very crisp structuring acidity. Very very long. 13% alc. Drink 2017- 2025. (JH)." 18 points
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