Vintage: 2016
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: Portugal
Region: Douro
Appellation: Douro
Wine type: White
Varietals: White Blend
Varietal notes: Rabigato, Codega, Viosinho, Arinto and others
Organic: Practicing
Vineyard: Small vineyards with vines in excess of 40 years old. All farming is done organically and by hand. The predominant varieties planted in this field blend white are: Rabigato, Codega, Arinto, Viosinho, Boal and Gouveio.
Orientation: The vineyards are at high altitudes between 400-700 meters on the right bank of the Douro river.
Soil: Schist
Viticulture: The vinyards are farmed organically.
Vinification: After harvest the grapes are transported in cooling trucks to the winery where the grapes are quickly crushed at night without maceration at low temperatures. The wines then ferment spontaneously in French oak casks without malolactic and without batonnage.
Aging: 10 months aging in barrel on the fine lees before bottling.
Notes: The vineyards for this wine are in the prime Cima Corgo zone in the Pinhao valley at very high altitudes. Everything Niepoort does is to maintain a traditional wine that is fresh with great acidity and complexity that showcases the Douro slate and minerality.
Publication: Wine advocate
Rating: 91
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.