Invincible DOC Numero Dois Douro White
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PRODUCER: Invincible Number Two Douro Vinho Branco from Companhia de Vinhos Invencivel, a collaboration between renowned wine makers, Rita Marques who has been described as "the changing face of Douro winemaking" & Marc Kent of Boekenhoutskloof, whose wines I have been stocking for several years. They had previously worked together in South Africa and elsewhere in Portugal before buying an estate in Casais do Douro where this wine is produced.
WINEMAKING: As you would expect from these wine makers, they practice minimal intervention producing a wine that represents the local varieties and terroir. This field blend from vineyards planted over 90 years ago with local varieities, Rabigato, Codega, Donzelinho Brancl, Boal and Codega do Larinho, is aged for 10 months in used Frenach barrels so the oak influence isn't strong.
TASTING NOTES: The hint of salinity on the nose carries through to the palate and complements a barrage of stone fruit flavours which lead on to a minerally citrus finish. This wine has seen oak but it's a very light touch just to give it a bit more of a rounded mouthfeel. It's a really crisp wine produced from a field blend of local grapes from very old vines which account for the complexity of the wine.