In our opinion this is 'grand cru' quality made by Niepoort, and we have been passionate fans of this wine for some vintages now.
The grapes used for Redoma Branco originate from very old vines (80 + years) from fairly high elevation of between 500 and 600 meters. The mica schist soils from which these vines com lend the resulting wines plenty of minerality, elegance and vibrant freshness. The predominant grape varieties are Rabigato, Códega do Larinho, Viosinho, Donzelinho and Gouveio. This is barrel fermented and aged on its fine lees which adds extra creaminess and complexity.
The 2018 vintage of the Redoma Branco offers a more delicate and slightly less expressive character than previous editions of this wine. One can distinguish refreshing aromas of lime, ginger and some exotic fruits. Very subtle hints of oak lend the Redoma balance and complexity, with great freshness on the palate as well as beautiful structure supported by firm acidity. A very long, mineral and lightly saline finish provides an elegant conclusion to the wine. Best enjoyed from a Burgundy glass!