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2019 Luis Seabra 'Xisto Illimitado Branco'

After a decade as head winemaker at Niepoort in the Douro Valley, Luis launched his personal project a few years ago. He is someone with a lot of knowledge of the region and decided to explore its terroir with a different philosophy than most producers. Lui's aim is to make wines that really tell you where they come from, wine from specific vineyards with minimal intervention. 

He sourced his grapes from the highest quality producers whom he knows and trusts and constantly experiments and explores new possibilities with various soil types, different altitudes, indigenous grape varieties and old vine parcels. He is one of the most exciting producers of the Douro and the wines he makes speak for themselves.

Why do we like it? 

The Xisto Ilimitado Branco is a field blend of 50% Rabigato, 20% Codega, 15% Gouveio, and 10% Viosinho from vines of 30 to 60 years old, at around 500m of altitude. If you haven't heard of those varietals before, don’t worry, neither have a lot of the folks in the wine industry! The wine was fermented with natural yeast and aged for 7 months on the lees, in used French oak barrels. It's a brilliant wine, driven by minerality with a touch of nectarine, white peach and green pear. Slightly sappy, the Xisto Ilimitado Branco is graceful and powerful all at once, without ever coming across as heavy. Long and seamless across the tongue, and laced with mouth-watering wet stone that sucks you back in for more!

 

Grape            Rabigato, Codega, Gouveio, Viosinho

Country        Portugal                             

Region          Douro Valley

Vintage         2019

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