Niepoort Redoma Branco 2018
Type: White Wine
Grape(s): Rabigato, Códega, Viosinho, Donzelinho, Dorinto and others
Wine Region: Portugal, Douro
Tasting Notes: The 2018 vintage of the Redoma Branco offers a more delicate and slightly less expressive character than previous editions of this wine. One can distinguish refreshing aromas of lime, ginger and some exotic fruits. Very subtle hints of oak lend the Redoma balance and complexity, with great freshness on the palate as well as beautiful structure supported by firm acidity. A very long, mineral and lightly saline finish provides an elegant conclusion to the wine. While it is very delicate and harmonious in its youth, this wine will undoubtedly develop very well in bottle.
The year 2018: 2018 was a relatively cool year up until August, the vines seemed to be developing relatively late, with a delay of about 3 weeks compared to 2017. 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 stem from old vines growing on the right bank of the Douro River, at an altitude of 400 to 600 metres above sea level. The decision not to harvest too late in enabled them to obtain musts with a good balance between the natural acidity and sugar of the fruit. After being meticulously sorted on our sorting table, the fruit was gently pressed and left to settle for about 24 hours. Alcoholic fermentation took place spontaneously, in 228L and 500L French oak barrels, where the wine also aged for 6 months.
Suggested food and wine pairing: Oysters, oven-baked fish, poultry and other white meats. Vegetarian options: dishes based on root vegetables (turnips, sweet potato, beetroot), Caesar salad, cheese.