Drink Me BrancoDrink Me Branco

The idea behind Drink Me was the creation of a pleasant, easy drinking red wine yet keeping complexity, mineral notes and great depth like a classic Douro wines.

Vinification

Vineyard burst was uncommonly early in 2011, and all the cycle was anticipated with harvest starting earlier than ever. Nevertheless higher planted vineyards went slower than the others, and when harvest finished all the wines presented a good quantity of malic acid, which is a very important requirement for a fresh palate in the white wines that don’t undergo malolactic fermentation. Harvest begun in the end of August, and after a quick pressing without any skin contact, the juice settled for 24h. Fermentation was made in stainless steel vats (75%) and French oak barrels (25%). The wine aged in these two types of containers for 7 months with fine lees, without steering and without malolactic fermentation.

Tasting Notes

Citric coloured wine, with intense mineral character and strong citric aromas, peaches and white flower notes. On the palate shows great balance and complexity, with juicy stone fruit flavours, and a refreshing acidity. Very long and salty aftertaste.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Mica-Schist

Vineyards

Several

Average Vine Age

20-50 years

Grape Varieties

Codega do Larinho, Rabigato, Gouveio, Dona Branca, Viosinho, Bical and others.

Vines per HA

4000 to 6000

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

550-700 m

Harvest Period

August

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

None

Fermentation

Stainless steel vats (75%) and French Oak barrels (25%)

Bottled

April 2012

Ageing

7 Months in stainless steel vats and French oak barrels

Dry Extract

19

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

3

Alcohol (%)

13.5

pH

3.31

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.8

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.4

Production

92.820 bottles

Food Suggestions

Peixes grelhados e assados, pasta com frutos do mar, carnes brancas.
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