Chasing Harvest Douro Vinho Branco 2012

Blended White from Portugal
Review Date : 30-May-2014
Indigenous varieties including Gouveio, Rabigato and Viosinho from two ‘Vinha Velha’ elevated old vine vineyards, Cima Corgo, the sites 100+ and 130 y.o. Hand-picked fruit and indigenous yeast fermented in seasoned French oak barrels to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in barrel with limited batonnage and partial MLF. Light golden-straw colour, paler on rim. The nose is softly full with aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits infused with refreshing minerals, earth and nutty oxidative detail. The aromatics are restrained, but there is depth and presence. Dry to taste, a firm and dense core comprising yellow stonefruits, nutty and oxidative notes, with minerally nuances flows along a fine textured phenolic line, enlivened by bright and elevated acid vitality. The palate has some alcoholic drive providing vinosity, carrying the wine to a positive, long finish. This Douro white has freshness, acid vibrancy and good depth of stonefruit and nutty flavours. This will match a range of white meat dishes over the next 3+ years. 46 cases made. 17.5/20 May 2014 RRP $25.00

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