Beautiful Douro Valley

We just got home from a very nice trip to the Douro Valley of Portugal. I discovered the UNESCO World Heritage region last year through the #winelover community. I fell in love and had to return back here with my family, so they could enjoy this area as well. I will post more information very soon. For now, this teaser, taken with my iPhone 5 SE, will hopefully make you curious about a landscape definitely worth visiting….

About the wine: 2015 Redoma Branco Douro, Niepoort.

Spontaneously? A touch of Burgundy…

Peach and pear meets mineral and oak. Beautiful, inviting nose, a slightly creamy palate and all is kept together by soft tannins and a fresh acidity. Perfect for a sunny afternoon. Grapes come from old vines, with main varieties Rabigato, Códega do Larinho, Viosinho, Donzelinho and Gouveio. Soils: Mica schist.

Vinification (taken from the Niepoort specification)
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 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 grapes were carefully selected in the vineyard and at the winery on the selection tables, followed by a slow and gentle pressing. The must fermented naturally and aged for 8 months in French oak barrels.


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