Donzelinho, Viosinho, Arinto and
The vineyards for the Redoma White are all planted between 400 and 800 meters altitude, this
provides the necessary cooler growing conditions (particularly at night) and longer ripening
periods. Coming from very old vineyards with more than 80 years old, redoma reserve always have
more complexity and depth, small portion granite soils contribute for special mineral flavors and
enhances the freshness of the wine.
Extremely fresh and elegant, very mineral with great complexity, with citric aromas and apricots
and white peaches notes, elegant and subtle smoke character.
The palate has crisp acidity and great intensity with full texture, with a raft of white fruit flavors
and mineral overtones, very persistent with very good ageing potential.
"The 2008 REDOMA RESERVA Branco is from high altitude vineyards (400 to 800 meters) and old vines (80 years old) aged in cask and on the lees for 9 months, without maloactic fermentation. It is a typical Douro white blend of grapes like Rabigato, Codega, Donzelinho, Viosinho and Arinto that comes in at just under 13% alcohol. This looks to be a very fine performance. It adds a layer –or two—of depth to the regular Redoma, and the acidity is quite prominent early on. As with the regular Redoma, I might have preferred a little less oak, but this has the depth to absorb it and as it aired out and warmed up, I noticed the oak less and less. It is mouth gripping, mouthwatering, deep and flavorful and I liked it more and more for its persistence, brightness and elegance. If the ’05 bottling was not Niepoort's best white, this may well be, which in turn makes it one of the Douro’s best brancos. There were 600 cases produced, of which only 25 were imported. Experience has shown that these tend to show best on the younger side, but this should hold a reasonable time, and better than most. Drink now-2013.
The Wine Advocate
"A selection from vines with at least 80 years of age, this grows at high altitudes and includes some vineyards on granite soils, which help sustain freshness in the grapes. It expresses its barrel fermentation and aging in complex spice and toasted lees character, the tangy fruit driving through it with flavors of apple and more exotic notes of guava and green tropical fruit. There’s also a hint of narcissus, all presented with remarkable delicacy for a Douro white. This will benefit from five years in bottle, needing the time to develop its full expression."
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