A wine that offers an introduction to the dominant soil type in the Douro valley. Minimal interventionist wine-making. Fresh, mineral driven white that showcases the beautiful schist soil of the Douro.
The 2017 Branco Xisto Ilimitado is a 50/20 blend of Rabigato and Códega, with Gouveio and Viosinho principally filling out the blend. It was aged for seven months in used French oak and comes in at 12.7% alcohol. In bottle only a week when seen, this still showed well. This is light and clean with modest concentration. It is from higher altitudes, of course, which offsets the hot weather 2017 vintage characteristics to some extent.
GRAPE 50% Rabigato, 20% Codega, 15% Gouveio (Godello), 10% Viosinho. 30-45 year old vines, planted to mica schist at 500-600 m (1,640 -1,968 ft) elevation.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS Xisto Ilimitado Branco pairs beautifully with roast poultry, white fish and seafood, and especially spicier preparations.
VINIFICATION AND AGEING 90% fermented in used barrel; 10% fermented in stainless steel. All indigenous wild yeast fermentation. Aged in 90% used barrel and 10% stainless steel. 1 year of lees contact with no battonage.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE Vineyards located in Cima Corgo. This is a subregion that experiences extreme highs and lows from a temperature standpoint, with some of the greatest day-night temperature delta in Portugal. As such the fruit experiences extended hang-time. Vines planted exclusively in to mica schist soil at 500-600m elevation. 400mm annual rainfall.
After a decade as winemaker at Niepoort, where he was responsible for some of the best known and highly rated wines to come out of the famed Douro and Porto producer, Luis Seabra decided that he no longer wanted to make wines to someone else’s tastes and specifications.