Perfect Drinking Temperature: chilled
Grape Percentage: Rabigato 70%, Códega, Gouveio, Viosinho e Donzelinho Branco
Winemaking: Organic viniculture, Herbicide-free farming, No added yeasts, Minimal use of SO2.
In the Douro region where there are numerous varieties planted in different types of terraces, slopes or flat areas, schist is the common denominator, vineyards based on schist slopes that have no end. Different plots of vineyards that have similar characteristics from Meda area in Douro Suprerior where mica schist soils are predominant. The vines on the plot are more than 80 years old. Before pressing the grapes were crushed and de-stemmed, no prior maceration was done, the wine was decanted at low temperature for 24 hours, indigenous yeast fermentation and ageing took place in used French oak barrels of 228 litres.
The alcoholic fermentation lasted for 45 to 120 days and malolactic fermentation was not done. The total ageing was 12 months in barrel with the presence of the fermentation lees without steering them and more 6 months in stainless steel prior to bottling.
Pairing: Xisto Cru is a wine that shows best at the table, goes well with grilled or baked fish, seafood, pasta with truffles and soft cheeses.
LUIS SEABRA VINHOS - The winemaker of Xisto Cru Branco
Besides Xisto Cru Branco see all LUIS SEABRA VINHOS wines.
"After many years working for others was time to follow my own path, in 2013 Luis Seabra Vinhos was born. The mission is to create wines that tell about the place where they are coming from, made with a minimal intervention philosophy, respecting their nature and character. We want our wines to be able to show the different soils where the vineyards are planted, the different altitudes and exposures, their differences, and similarities With the conscience that this are just the first steps of a long road, the adventure still is to discover the old and unknown vineyards that resist over the years. We want above all to create unique wines.
Over these years I developed a special relationship with some of the old vines. Those ones are not lush and their trunks mostly are not thick and imposing. On the contrary - they are slender and twisted, have their own serenity coming from age. They respond more calmly than the other vineyards to various weather conditions, holding better the heat peaks and water stress and also resisting better the rain that insists on dropping before the harvest. Those vineyards have a singular character given by the site where they are planted and the varieties that make up the mixture.
If we respect the grapes individuality in the winery the wines will be as the vineyards - discrete, not exuberant and with a depth and complexity coming from the long years of experience."