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Redoma, Niepoort, Branco

26.95

The grapes used for the Redoma Branco originate from old vines growing on the right bank of the Douro River, at an altitude of between 500 and 600 metres. Here, the predominant grape varieties are Rabigato, Códega do Larinho, Viosinho, Donzelinho and Gouveio. The mica schist soils in which these vines thrive lend the resulting wines plenty of minerality, elegance and vibrant freshness.

The 2017 viticultural year was once again very atypical in the Douro region. Due to the extreme drought, harvest began on 10 August and concluded on 10 September – according to our records, this is the earliest date we have ever started and ended harvesting.

The grapes proved to be of excellent quality, with firm and crunchy skins and ripe seeds. Thanks to Niepoort’s philosophy to harvest early, we were able to obtain fruit with sufficient acidity to produce fresh and elegant wines. The grapes were transported to the cellar under temperature-controlled conditions, sorted upon arrival and then gently pressed. The grape must was left to settle for approximately 24 hours. Fermentation took place in French oak barrels, on its fine lees, but without bâtonnage. The Redoma Branco 2017 matured for 8 months in barrel before being bottled in April 2018.

The 2017 Redoma Branco shows incredible freshness, pronounced aromas and minerality. Its aromas are still relatively shy, with hints of stone, smoky notes as well as a citrusy and floral character reminiscent of orange blossoms. The wood is in perfect harmony with the other aromas. On the palate a light creaminess accompanies the fantastic natural acidity, resulting in a well-balanced, firm and persistent wine. Gloriously rich but at the same time fresh and light, it perfectly balances its fruit and acidity. Floral notes and nuances of dried fruit culminate in the mineral and saline character of the wine’s long and compelling finish.

 

2017

Rabigato, Códega, Viosinho, Donzelinho, Dorinto

Cima Corgo, Douro valley, Portugal

15-19°C

13

Oaked

Characteristic:

Medium

Pairings:

Standard Bottle (750ml)

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