The grapes used for the Redoma Branco come from old vines growing on the right bank of the Douro River, at an altitude of 500 to 600 metres. The predominant grape varieties are Rabigato, Códega do Larinho, Viosinho, Donzelinho and Gouveio. The mica schist soils in which these vines thrive lend the resulting wines plenty of minerality, elegance and vibrant freshness.
Grapes: Rabigato, Códega, Viosinho, Donzelinho, Dorinto and others
Vine age: 65-85 year-old vines
Vinification: in French oak barrels, on its fine lees, no batonnage
Maturation: 8 months in neutral French oak barriques
91 pts Mark Squires, Robert Parker The 2016 Redoma Branco is a field blend from old vines, aged for eight months in an 80/20 blend of used and new French oak. It comes in at just 12% alcohol. This is beautifully done, fresh and lively, gorgeously balanced and even a bit perky for an oaked white. It easily overcomes its wood and the fruit rises above it. The tension on the finish gives this some distinction and it is rather delicious, too. This can pair well with food or be drunk on its own, because it is graceful enough to allow it to be a sipper, while it has enough stuffing to hold up to food. This attractive white should age well, too. Dirk Niepoort predicts a 15-year aging curve, but it will certainly change character as it ages and it is pretty tasty now. So, hold it or don't, depending on how you like them.