Sarvet BrancoSarvet Branco

With the Finnish market in mind, the label of the fabulous Sarvet initially contained a storyboard designed by the illustrator, Juba Tuomola, who created Viivi and Wagner (a woman and an anthropomorphic pig), famous in Finland for the endless stories about their bickering that were already being published in the daily newspapers. The Sarvet label now contains one of the scenes from the initial storyboard, where the characters dance frenetically holding a glass of wine. One could say that they celebrate to the "rhythm" of Fabulous.

Vinification

2012 was marked by a lack of rain in the Douro region. As a consequence, the growth cycle of the vines began, on average, 15 days later than in previous years. On the other hand, winter 2012 also had very low temperatures, allowing a suitable and balanced growth of the vegetation. The maturation period was cooler than usual, giving a good balance in the total acidity of the musts.

The grapes were harvested in early September. After a strict selection process on the sorting table, they were pressed slowly. The must was allowed to stand for 24 hours without skin maceration, and this was followed by a slow fermentation for 9 months, without batonnage.

Tasting Notes

The 2012 White has a vivid and crystal clear citrine colour. The nose is mineral, with a pronounced character of very cool white fruit aromas.

In the mouth, it starts fresh, balanced and complex. The aromas are of pure white fruit, combined with smoky notes that emphasise the authenticity of this wine. It has a long finish, ending with a saltiness that is typical of the terroir.

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 2013

Ageing

Stainless steel vats and French oak barrels

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

19

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

3.1

Alcohol (%)

13

pH

3.38

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.7

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.5

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

20

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

62

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.9882

Food Suggestions

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

With the Finnish market in mind, the label of the fabulous Sarvet initially contained a storyboard designed by the illustrator, Juba Tuomola, who created Viivi and Wagner (a woman and an anthropomorphic pig), famous in Finland for the endless stories about their bickering that were already being published in the daily newspapers. The Sarvet label now contains one of the scenes from the initial storyboard, where the characters dance frenetically holding a glass of wine. One could say that they celebrate to the "rhythm" of Fabulous.

Vinification

The weather conditions of the viticultural year 2015 were very favourable, with sun, a warm temperature and low humidity, allowing a homogeneous vegetative growth. One of the particular features of this viticultural year was the vineyard ability to remain hydrated during ripening. In late August, early September, the basal leaves still remained green and moist, with hydrated berries and a thick, firm skin. The balance of the musts, the softness of the tannins, and the intense colour concentration indicate that this is an exceptional year.

The grapes were transported at night in a refrigerated truck, and 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 natural decantation for around 24 hours, 15% of the must was fermented in French oak barrels and the remainder in stainless steel vats for 8 months. The wine was bottled in May 2016.

Tasting Notes

Although young and moderate in the aroma, the balance and harmony of the 2015 harvest are remarkable. With fresh, delicate, and decidedly mineral aroma, the citrine fruits and fresh herbs notes stand out. On the palate, it is enveloping and very elegant, with good acidity. The finish is fresh with good citric and mineral notes. A young, lively, and very easy-drinking white. 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

40 to 70 years

Grape Varieties

Rabigato, Códega do Larinho, Gouveio, Donzelinho, Viosinho 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 2016

Ageing

Stainless steel vats and French oak barrels

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

17.7

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

0.8

Alcohol (%)

12.5

pH

3.27

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.1

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.3

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

32

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

89

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.9888

Food Suggestions

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

With the Finnish market in mind, the label of the fabulous Sarvet initially contained a storyboard designed by the illustrator, Juba Tuomola, who created Viivi and Wagner (a woman and an anthropomorphic pig), famous in Finland for the endless stories about their bickering that were already being published in the daily newspapers. The Sarvet label now contains one of the scenes from the initial storyboard, where the characters dance frenetically holding a glass of wine. One could say that they celebrate to the "rhythm" of Fabulous.

Vinification

2018 was a relatively cool year up until August, with the coolest July recorded in the 21st century. The vines seemed to be developing relatively late, with a delay of about 3 weeks compared to 2017. The first days of August brought a sudden spike in temperatures: the 4th of August was the hottest year to date this century. As a result, the berries ripened slowly during the month of September. The water stress caused the vines to produce musts with low alcohols and good phenolic ripeness, as well as good complexity and minerality. The grapes used for the Diálogo Branco stem from 15-year-old to 55-year-old vines growing at 350 to 500 metres above sea level. The fruit was transported chilled to the Quinta de Nápoles, and was then sorted on the sorting table before being pressed whole-bunch in a pneumatic press. After being was left to settle at low temperatures, the juice was transferred into stainless steel tanks where it fermented spontaneously under controlled temperatures. The wine was aged on the fine lees for 6 months without bâtonnage until bottling.

Tasting Notes

Despite its still youthful and austere aromatic profile, the balance and harmony of the 2018 vintage is evident, with refreshing notes of fresh herbs, citrus and minerality. On the palate, the wine is vibrant and very elegant, showing good acidity and distinct freshness. The finish provides pleasant citrusy notes. An easy-to-drink white wine full of youth and vivacity which will lend itself very well to various occasions.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort(Vinhos)S.A

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Mica-schist

Average Vine Age

15-55 years

Grape Varieties

Rabigato, Códega do Larinho, Gouveio, Dona Branca, Viosinho, Bical.

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

350-500

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

No

Fermentation

In stainless steel tanks

Bottled

March 2019

Ageing

6 months in stainless steel tanks

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

17.7

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

0.6

Alcohol (%)

11.8

pH

3.22

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.4

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.3

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

35

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

110

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.98

Production

125 000 Bottles

Allergens

Sulfite

Food Suggestions

Grilled or oven-baked fish as well as white meats.

Suitable for Vegans

no

Bottle

Box

31 16 23 × 6 7400 cardboard

Palette

120 80 × 4 Rows 100 Boxes