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Following the same philosophy as the red, this white is a wine to be enjoyed in moments of relaxation, with good friends and fine food, as an accompaniment to life’s simple pleasures. The grapes come from vineyards grown at an altitude of around 600 metres, comprising typical Douro varieties planted in mica schist soils, which give the wine a strong mineral character. In order to obtain a light, fresh yet complex wine, the vinification process took place in stainless steel vats and French oak barrels.

The illustration on the label, which tells a different story for each edition, underscores the wine’s easygoing nature.

Vinification

The 2013 harvest began on the 19th August, earlier than usual, in order to safeguard acidity levels and avoid high alcohol levels. The year was particularly productive, around 25% more than the previous year. The decision to start harvesting earlier turned out to be the right one, since all the main vines had been harvested before heavy rain began to fall on the 27th September.

The grapes, from vines growing on the right bank of the Douro, were transported at night in a refrigerated truck. After careful selection on arrival at the winery, they were gently pressed at a low temperature to avoid oxidation and extraction of gross lees.

After decantation for around 24 hours, 10% of the must was fermented in French oak barrels and the remainder in stainless steel vats for eight months, with indigenous yeasts. The wine was bottled on the 19th May 2014.

Tasting Notes

The 2013 vintage boasts a delicate finesse and elegance. The aroma is decidedly mineral, with fresh fruit and spring flower notes. On the palate it is complex yet fresh, light yet concentrated, with a very balanced acidity. The long finish, marked by citrus notes, is both fresh and refreshing. Perfect for a wide range of 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 2014

Ageing

Stainless steel vats and French oak barrels

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

16.7

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

1.4

Alcohol (%)

12.5

pH

3.39

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.2

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.4

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

11

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

47

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.9883

Food Suggestions

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