Grapes: Rabigato/Códega (Síria)/Malvasia Fina/Códega do Larinho
A traditional Douro field blend (a co-fermentation of various interplanted white grape varieties) some of which are 90 years old! This has a core of stone fruits and green apple. On the palate there is an almost palomino, pear and white peach fruit profile, but what sets this apart from almost all wines at this price point is the intense minerality rounded off with a buttery finish and hint of toasted hazlenut.
This is a really characterful, nutty white, a little wild, with a hint of fresh, grassy olive oil. A steely core of grapefruit and mineral acidity lends clarity and focus. A lovely, interesting white with a chalky texture. It is sourced from different terroirs – mostly granitic, all above 550m.