Douro Branco

Douro

Vila Regia

These wines were first produced in the Douro in 1989. Made by...

winemaker Luis Sottomayor, they are from grapes grown in a selection of vineyards located primarily at altitude in the upper reaches of the Douro. His aim is to produce a pair of bright, lively wines for youthful drinking.

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Vineyards

Selected grapes originate in the highlands of the Douro region. In these elevated areas, the soil in the Duoro Valley is made up of schist - a slate-like metamorphic rock that is rich in nutrients and has useful water retention properties.

Vintage Information

The 2015 season was dry throughout most of the growing cycle, with March registering around 50% less rain than the regional average. Temperatures between April and May were higher than normal, and three heatwaves were recorded in June and July, with temperatures above 40ºC impacting on the vines and grape maturation. These factors brought the growth cycle forward one to two weeks. Rainfall in September was higher than average, which helped to balance the final maturation. The harvest began in the first week of September, and the grapes presented very balanced levels of sugar, acidity and phenolic compounds.

Vinification

After soft destemming, the grapes are pressed and the free-run juice is separated. This is followed by low temperature decanting. A long alcoholic fermentation, induced by selected yeasts, takes place for about 20 days at controlled temperatures of 16-18ºC.

Tasting Notes

Bright lemon in colour with greenish nuances. An intense aroma with prominent notes of passion fruit and pineapple, floral tones and hints of peach. It has fresh and balanced acidity on the palate, with ripe tropical fruit flavours and a harmonious finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 30% Viosinho
25% Malvasia Fina
25% Rabigato
10% Códega
10% Gouveio (Verdelho)
Region Douro
Winemaker Luís Sottomayor
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 5.2g/l
Residual Sugar 2g/l
Wine pH 3.2