Xisto Cru, Luis Seabra, Douro, Portugal 2015

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Xisto Cru, Luis Seabra, Douro, Portugal 2015

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If you don't believe Portugal can make world class white wines, then you're probably not alone. If you'd like to be disabused of this notion, then you must try this extraordinary wine from the Douro Valley. It's a blend of indigenous varieties and has a commanding presence on the palate, showing an intense stony quality, pristine citrus fruit and beautifully judged oak. It doesn't taste like white Burgundy, having its own flavour fingerprint, but it has a similar structure in terms of precision, terroir expression and minerality. 13% alc. Drink now

Press reviews:

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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