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.
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
- Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.
Average Vine Age
- 20 to 50 years old
- Rabigato, Códega do Larinho, Gouveio, Dona Branca, Viosinho, Bical and others
Vines per HA
- Guyot and Royat
Alt. from Sea Level
- Hand picked
- Stainless steel vats (75%) and French oak barrels (25%)
- May 2014
- Stainless steel vats and French oak barrels
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- Grilled and baked fish, pasta with seafood, white meat.