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Niepoort Redoma Branco 2011 £20.95
Niepoort Redoma Branco 2011
Redoma Branco comes from small vineyards with more than 40 years old, planted with many different varieties, the most important are Rabigato, Códega do Larinho, Arinto, Gouveio, Boal and Viosinho. These special vines tend to offer delicate and mineral wines with great complexity. These vineyards are planted in high altitudes, between 400 and 700 meters, in mica slate soils, on the right side of Douro River. The final result it’s an impressive wine, with great intensity, freshness and minerality.
Vineyard burst was uncommonly early in 2011, all the cycle was anticipated and harvest started earlier than ever before, nevertheless higher planted vineyards went slower than others, and when harvest was done all wines presented good quantity of malic acid, very important for the freshness in palate of the white wines where malolactic fermentation is not done. After cooling truck transportation and sorting, the grapes were pressed very quickly during night without any maceration at low temperature, and decanted during 24 hours at low temperature. The fermentationt occurred in French oak barrels of 228 lts and aged for 10 months with the fine lees, without malolactic fermentation or batonnage. The wine was bottled in the end of June.
Redoma 2011 have more intense aroma, with complex fruit notes of lemon, orange and apricot, more rich than in previous editions is also showing strong wet stone character contributing for the persistent mineral character. The palate is very firm, with great complexity and freshness thanks to the higher content of malic acid. The fruit character combines with the white flowers notes, and the almond and nuts aromas. Redoma 2011 is very intense and persistent in the palate, with great ageing potential.