Luis Seabra 2021 'Xisto Ilimitado' Branco, Douro DOC
Item Number: 18079
Sub Region: Douro
Appellation/AVA: Douro DOC
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 60% Rabigato / 15% Gouveio / 15% Códega / 10% Viosinho
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Soil Type: Mica schist
Elevation: 500-600 meters
Winemaking Notes: A field blend of four varieties planted across three subzones in the Douro, Ilimitado is a survey of the schist-driven terroir. The vineyards are 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 deltas in Portugal. As such the fruit experiences extended hang-time. 90% of the blend is fermented in used barrel and 10% is fermented in stainless steel, all with indigenous wild yeast. The wine is then aged in 90% used barrel and 10% stainless steel with one year of lees contact and no battonage. This is minimal interventionist wine-making.
Tasting Notes: An extremely expressive peppery, lemony, and stony nose. The palate is dense, yet minerally and bright. Ripe pear and salted macadamia nuts; fresh flowers and flinty stone; this wine is hefty, yet balanced and bright.
Pair with a plain hamburger, buttery whitefish, or pasta with loads of olive oil and lemon zest.