Casa Ferreirinha Planalto Douro Branco 2017 (1x 75cl)
The earlier 2015 vintage was awarded 87 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of Douro Table Wines (see blue link below). It is subjective, of course, but we judge the 2016 to be of at least a very similar quality based on the producer's data: the acidity is a little higher and the alcohol a little lower, yielding more freshness in a class of wine that can, to some, taste a little "hot".
Casa Ferreirinha, Planalto Branco 2015 - June 2017 Decanter review
This producer, founded in 1952, is named after the legendary Porto matriarch Dona Antónia Ferreira. Affectionately nicknamed 'Ferreirinha' by her countrymen, the house pays homage to her memory and was the first house in the region dedicated to making light wines. It has 520 hectares of vineyard in the Douro in all of its three sub-regions: Lower Corgo, Upper Corgo and Douro Superior. The winemaking is headed up by Luis Sottomayor, who restrains the Douro’s natural exuberance to produce wines that have a freshness, like Esteva and Papa Figos, allied to a lovely depth and texture, as with Vinha Grande Tinto and Quinta da Leda.
This white blend comes from relatively high-altitude vineyards above the river Douro. The grapes were harvested by hand in the highlands and plateaus of the region and were selected for their balance between phenolic maturity and excellent freshness. The soil in the Douro Valley is made up of schist - a slate-like metamorphic rock that is rich in nutrients and has useful water retention properties.
On arrival at the winery of Casa Ferreirinha in Vila Real, the grapes were destemmed and softly crushed. They are then pressed and the must clarified by static decanting at low temperatures. This is followed by a long period of alcoholic fermentation at controlled temperatures between 16ºC-18ºC. After fermentation, around 20% of the wine is aged in used casks for three months, the remainder stored in stainless steel tanks.
Yellow colour with a slightly golden hue. The nose has floral notes, tropical fruit, white fruits and earthy, slightly shrubby tones. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and reveals a lively and well-integrated acidity, alongside floral notes and touches of white fruit. It has an extremely elegant finish.
Viosinho, Malvasia Fina, Arinto/Pedernã, Códega, Gouveio,Moscatel & Rabigato
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