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Xisto Cru Tinto

Luis Seabra Xisto Cru Tinto

Portugal
REGION
Douro
SIZE
750ml
ABV
12.5%
VINTAGE
2013
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Grape Varieties: 20% Rufete, 15% Touriga Franca, 10% Tinta Carvalha, 10% Alicante Bouchet, 45% others
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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 between eighty and a hundred years old planted onschist 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 15-17th.

Winery
The grapes were fermented in an old port vat of 3,500 litres, with sixty percent stems, over twenty-nine days. The wine was then aged in old burgundy barrels. Minimal sulphur addition was made at bottling.

Taste
A sensational Douro red blend, offering all the character but none of the heaviness associated with the region. There is a core of dense blueberry and plum fruit, lifted by notes of violet and crushed rocks, as well as an incredibly long finish. The very moderate alcohol tips the overall balance towards freshness – a really energetic expression of old-vine Douro.

SPEC

Characteristics
ABV 12.5%
Awards Press
Closure Cork
Size 750ml
Grape Variety Rufete Blend
Vintage 2013
Location
Country Portugal
Region Douro
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