Drink Me BrancoDrink Me Branco

Funny illustration “Hidden Essentials” first created for Drink Me red wine in 2006. Since 2012, stories about Guardians can be found on bottles of Drink Me Branco.

The storyboard on the label is done by Steven Appleby, Canadian born cartoonist, and known for many drawings especially in The Guardian and Sunday Telegraph.

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 to 50 years old

Grape Varieties

Rabigato, Códega do Larinho, Gouveio, Dona Branca, Viosinho, Bical and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

550-700

Harvest Period

August/September

Malolactic

None

Fermentation

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

Bottled

April 2012

Ageing

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

Grilled and baked fish, pasta with seafood, white meat.

Funny illustration “Hidden Essentials” first created for Drink Me red wine in 2006. Since 2012, stories about Guardians can be found on bottles of Drink Me Branco.

The storyboard on the label is done by Steven Appleby, Canadian born cartoonist, and known for many drawings especially in The Guardian and Sunday Telegraph.

Vinification

The 2016 vintage proved to be very atypical, with a warm and rainy winter, a cool and very wet spring and an extremely hot and dry summer. The weather conditions led to very early budburst (around 2 weeks early), followed nevertheless by a delay in the vegetative cycle during spring, especially with regard to véraison, which occurred approximately 2 weeks later than usual.

Sourced from vines planted on the right bank of the Douro River at an altitude of 550 to 700m, the grapes were transported to the cellar at night under temperature-controlled conditions. Upon arrival, the grapes were sorted and gently pressed at low temperatures in order to avoid oxidation and too much extraction.

After being left to settle naturally for approximately 24 hours, 30% of the must fermented in used French barriques and the remainder fermented in stainless steel tanks for 8 months. The wine fermented with indigenous yeasts and was bottled in May 2017.

Tasting Notes

Although this wine is still very young, it is already showing beautiful balance and harmony, with delicate, fresh and mineral aromas as well as citrus and fresh herbal notes peeking out from the background. The palate is intriguing, and shows good acidity levels. This is a white wine which is well-structured without seeming too heavy, culminating in an elegant finish with delightful notes of citrus and minerality. It offers youth, vivacity and great drinkability, making it a perfect white wine for various occasions.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Mica-Schist

Vineyards

Several

Average Vine Age

20 to 50 years old

Grape Varieties

Rabigato, Códega do Larinho, Gouveio, Dona Branca, Viosinho, Bical and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

550-700

Harvest Period

August/September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

None

Fermentation

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

Bottled

May 2017

Ageing

Stainless steel vats and French oak barrels

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

1.4

Alcohol (%)

12.3

pH

3.3

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.5

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

43

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

97

Food Suggestions

Grilled or roasted fish, seafood pastas, white meats.