Castello D'alba Vinhas Velhas White
APPELLATION: DOC DOURO
GRAPES: Códega do Larinho.
WINEMAKER: Rui Roboredo Madeira
Complex aroma, mineral character balanced with citrus and exotic fruits such as lime, plus discreet and suggestive toast hints. On the mouth shows volume and freshness, very long.
Food wine character, roasted fish, soft sheep cheeses, white meats and cod.
In this wine we look for the aromatic concentration and high acidity of the grapes Códega Larinho from very old and traditional vineyards of the Douro Superior, of high altitude around 550 meters. With this wine we seek to recover this native Douro grape that we almost only can find it in the old vineyards, and thus show his character very mineral and creamy.
In 2010 we had a normal physiological cycle, until the grapes started to gain color, since late July their have been extreme diurnal temperatures that delayed the maturations in general terms for about three weeks. Whites with balanced acidity due to the delay of maturation.
Handily picked grapes to small drilled boxes of 15 Kg, cold fermentation technology on reductive environment, with controlled temperature at about 16 ºC, very gentle crushing and pressing in an inert atmosphere to preserve all the aromatic potential of grapes. We made a great effort that all the re-fermentation operations are carried out within the greater accuracy because it's responsible for the intrinsic quality of future wine. Part of the wine fermented in used French oak and remains there after a short racking on fine lees with regular stirring "battonage" to the making of the final blend with the wine in stainless steel tanks.