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Luis Seabra Xisto Cru Branco

Portugal
REGION
Douro
SIZE
75cl
ABV
12%
VINTAGE
2017
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Grape Varieties: 70% Rabigato, 10% Códega, 10% Gouveio, 5% Donzelinho, 5%
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TASTE
A fascinating blend, simultaneously firm and nuanced, with notes of white flowers, citrus fruit and gunpowder. The palate shows the depth of old vines; this is a wine that will continue to unfurl for several years.

PRODUCER
Luis Seabra may be a new name on the Portuguese wine scene, but he has already had a hand in crafting some of the Douro’s most exciting wines, working as Dirk Niepoort’s right-hand man from 2004 until leaving to set up his own label in 2012. He is starting small, releasing two whites and one red, with a total production of just 5,000 bottles per wine. Winemaking is minimal-intervention, and the style very much reflects the concentration of care lavished by this experienced winemaker on his tiny output. Luis Seabra is certainly a name to watch, but has also hit the ground running with a stunning début.

VINEYARD
The grapes come from vines over eighty years old planted on mica/ schist soils. Densely planted at 6,500 per hectare, they produce low yields of around 20 hectolitres per hectare. The grapes were hand- harvested on September 24th.

WINERY
The grapes were pressed without maceration, and fermented over forty- five days with natural yeast in used burgundy barrels. The wine was then aged on lees in those casks for nine months, without stirring or malolactic fermentation. Minimal sulphur addition was made at bottling.

PRESS
“... Precise and very pure, the oak revealed in delicate cedary flavour and a slight creaminess. Cool, and only showing its depth and concentration on the mid palate on the second day it was open and should not be drunk too cold. High acidity gives a mouthwatering after-effect.” – 17/20, jancisrobinson.com

SPEC

Characteristics
ABV 12%
Closure Cork
Size 75cl
Grape Variety Rabigato Blend
Vintage 2017
Location
Country Portugal
Region Douro
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