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Niepoort Douro Redoma Branco Reserva White Blend 2008

  • W&S93
  • RP93
750ML / 12.83% ABV
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750ML / 12.83% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Grapes-Rabigato, Codega, Donzelinho, Viosinho, Arinto and others.

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.

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W&S 93
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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.
RP 93
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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.
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Niepoort, Portugal
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Niepoort is an independent family business since 1842. Through five generation the business has passed successfully from one Niepoort to the next Niepoort and in most cases older and younger generation worked side by side for a long period.
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Best known for intense, impressive and age-worthy fortified wines, Portugal relies almost exclusively on its many indigenous grape varieties. Bordering Spain to its north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean on its west and south coasts, this is a land where tradition reigns supreme, due to its relative geographical and, for much of the 20th century, political isolation. A long and narrow but small country, Portugal claims considerable diversity in climate and wine styles, with milder weather in the north and significantly more rainfall near the coast.

While Port (named after its city of Oporto on the Atlantic Coast at the end of the Douro Valley), made Portugal famous, Portugal is also an excellent source of dry red and white wines of various styles.

The Duoro Valley produces full-bodied and concentrated dry red wines made from the same set of grape varieties used for Port, which include Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Spain’s Tempranillo), Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Tinto Cão, among a long list of others in minor proportions.

Other dry wines include the tart, slightly effervescent Vinho Verde white wine, made in the north, and the bright, elegant reds and whites of the Dão as well as the bold, and fruit-driven reds and whites of the southern, Alentejo.

The nation’s other important fortified wine, Madeira, is produced on the eponymous island off the North African coast.

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With hundreds of white grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a soft and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is more fragrant and naturally high in acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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