Casa Ferreirinha, Planalto Douro Branco 2018

Regular price £8.95
-10 in stock
  • Type:

    White

  • Country:

    Portugal

  • Region:

    Douro

  • Area:

    *****

  • ABV:

    13%

  • Grape:

    White Blend

  • Grape Blend:

    Viosinho 25%,Malvasia Fina 20%,Arinto/Pederna 15%,Codega 15%, Gouveio 15%,Moscatel 5%, Rabigato 5%

  • Vegan:

    0

  • Organic:

    0

  • Winemaker:

    Luis Sottomayor

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Casa Ferreirinha Planalto Douro Branco 2018 - Wine

Tasting Notes

This wine is lemon yellow in colour with golden lights. On the nose, intense floral notes stand out with hints of tropical fruit and earthy, slightly shrubby tones. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied with a lively and well-integrated acidity, alongside floral notes and touches of white peaches. The finish is long and fragrant.

Production Notes

On arrival at the winery of Casa Ferreirinha in Vila Real, the grapes were destemmed and softly crushed. They were pressed and the must clarified by static decanting at low temperatures. This was followed by a long alcoholic fermentation at controlled temperatures between 16 and18 deg. After fermentation, around 20% of the wine was aged in used casks for three months, the remainder held in stainless steel tanks.

Critics Reviews

Wine Advocate 86pts (2017) - The 2017 Reserva Planalto is a kitchen-sink blend of Viosinho (the largest at 25%), Malvasia Fina, Gouveio, Arinto, C�dega and others, all unoaked and coming in at 13% alcohol. In this big vintage, there is plenty of heft to this inexpensive white. It may have more concentration than the last I saw but perhaps less lift to the fruit. It isn't the most precise Planalto, in other words, but it has other virtues. I usually recommend drinking them young. Under screwcap, this will hold a bit, but there is no real point to aging it. I'm not quite sure about the acidity this year. Drink it young. Eliminate all doubt. It exceeds expectations today.

Producer Profile

This historic producer, founded in 1952, is named after the legendary Porto matriarch Dona Antonia Ferreira. Affectionately nicknamed 'Ferreirinha' by her countrymen, this was the first house in the region dedicated to making still wines. Purchased by Sogrape in 1987, it has 520 hectares of vineyard in the Douro in all of its three sub-regions: Lower Corgo, Upper Corgo and Douro Superior. The winemaking is headed up by Luis Sottomayor, who restrains the Douro's natural exuberance to produce wines that have a freshness, like Esteva and Papa Figos, allied to a wonderful depth and texture, as with Vinha Grande Tinto and Quinta da Leda. The care with which Luis selects the fruit for each wine is evident in the quality of the white wines in particular. Most whites from the Douro display the hallmarks of heat, yet the 'Planalto', from higher vineyards, is deliciously fresh and vibrant. A blend of Viosinho, Malvasia Fina, Gouveio, Codega, Arinto, Rabigato and Moscatel, each variety is fermented separately in stainless steel tanks and blended prior to bottling. The Vinha Grande white is barrel fermented and aged for eight months, yet is still fresh and textured. It is a single-estate wine from the Quinta do Sairrao, which is located at a high altitude in the Cima Corgo region, and is a blend of Viosinho, Arinto, Gouveio, Codega and Rabigato. The reds - made primarily from indigenous grape varieties like Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cao, Tinta Amarela and Tinta Barroca - are among the most exciting in the Douro. They range from the unoaked Esteva, which is fresh and lifted, with a step up to the lightly oaked and more textured Papa Figos, through to the Vinha Grande, which punches above its weight, and then the finest selection from Quinta da Leda. Two of Portugal's most fabled wines sit on the apogee of this property's production: Reserva Especial and Barca Velha. Luis Sottomayor is scrupulous in his production of these wines, and only makes Barca Velha in indisputably oustanding vintages.