Douro Branco 2015

75cl Lavradores de Feitoria Malvasia Fina, Síria,Gouveio Portugal > Douro Crisp, fresh and zesty
From an area famous for Port wine and robust red production, this unoaked, fresh and aromatic white is a blend of traditional Douro varietals, Malvasia Fina, Síria and Gouveio grown on the highest cool slopes of the region. A delicious alternative to a Sauvignon Blanc style: clean, citrussy with a touch of exotic fruit and a lovely herbal finish. Very food friendly; will pair equally with chicken curry, codfish or carpaccio.

Lavradores de Feitoria is a very interesting project that began in 2000. It is a joint venture between 15 owners of some of the best vineyards and quintas in the Douro Valley, with a clear and strong commitment to quality. Two distinct ranges of wines are produced under the Lavradores label, Firstly, single quinta wines, made from one single estate. Not all Quintas produce their own wine, but only four or five, chosen by a tasting panel (Dirk Niepoort is involved here), these wines being produced when a particular Quinta performs particularly well in that vintage. These wines are generally some of the Douro’s finest and are complex, structured wines with a capacity for ageing.Secondly, blends are produced by a strict selection of grapes from different Quintas under the “Douro” and “Tres Bagos” labels, these wines are showing a typical Douro character in an approachable, ready-to-drink style.The style of wine produced, right through the range, is all about elegance and balance. A common trait is freshness, drinkability and an ability to combine with food.

“Initially, I found the minerality overwhelming, but then the conference pear, grapefruit and stone fruit emerged.”

Ernie Whalley – The Sunday Times

“A stony mineral flavour is common in Douro whites. Here we also have fresh acidity and good length.” Martin Moran

 

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