Casa Ferreirinha Vinha Grande Douro Branco 2016 (1x 75cl)
The 2015 vintage was awarded 88 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of Duoro Table Wines (see blue link below).
Casa Ferreirinha Vinha Grande Douro 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. Purchased by Sogrape in 1987, 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.
The selected grape varieties were sourced from the Quinta do Sairrão estate located at a high altitude in the Cima Corgo region. The mountainous vineyards here have schist soils with vines planted either in vertical rows or on traditional "patamares" (terraces). The selected plots are ideal for optimal maturation thanks to the hot days and cool evenings bringing out the fresh fruit character of the grapes.
The grapes were hand-picked and selected in the vineyard and on arrival at the estate's own winery. They were then destemmed and gently crushed in a pneumatic press. Vinification took place with skin maceration in order to extract the aromatic precursors of the white wine. The musts were gently pressed and transferred to French oak barrels, with "battonage", where they completed fermentation and were matured for about eight months.
Vinha Grande Douro Branco has a golden colour with citric nuances. It has an intense aroma, with white and tropical fruit standing out, as well as floral notes, light minerality and well-integrated discrete wood which gives it good complexity. It has good volume and lively acidity on the palate, giving it notable freshness, with hints of white fruit and light asparagus. Its finish is long, elegant and balanced.
Viosinho, Arinto/Pedernã, Códega, Gouveio & Rabigato
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