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Palpite Branco Reserva Fitapreta, Alentejano 2016

Country: Portugal
Region: Douro
Type: White
Producer: Palpite
Grape: Arinto, Antao Vaz, Verdelho
Bottle Size: 75cl
Vintage: 2016
Alcohol: 13.5%

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This is very impressive. Very much in the buttery Burgundian mould. Rich but refined white-butter notes on the nose, seamlessly melding into something quite savoury and mealy. A hint of toast. The fruit is rich melon/peach with butterscotch and tropical notes intermingled. In balance though. Very much so. Hedonistic and moreish. Beautiful balance, richness, texture, creaminess, savouriness. This could easily be premier cru Meursault.

Tasting Notes

Sustainable organic practices are used, although the wine is not certified organic. The wine PALPITE (meaning intuition in Portuguese) is named in recognition of the many positive outcomes that have occurred through following a hunch. Vineyard Sites - FITA PRETA grapes come from a number of carefully selected, premium sites, owned by good growers throughout the region and are managed under our direction. The very best sites are composed of mineral-rich rocky schist and have the capacity to limit vine vigour while providing just sufficient water and minerals to support growth.

Press Note:

Sarah Ahmed, Decanter June 2018: "With nice underlying tension, this Arinto-Verdelho-Antao Vaz blend reveals high-toned, bruised, spicy, buttered apples, ripe lemon, lime zest, creamy lees, soughdough and smoky oak notes. Drink 2018-2022"

Robin's Note:

People often ask me what’s the next up and coming wine country or region. Of course you can say places like Bulgaria, Hungary – but they still have quite a few years to go before then can really make an impact in the market, whereas Portugal is cooking. They still have some way to go but that makes it all the more intriguing. There are some very exciting things happening across the whole country, at all price levels. Palpite from Alentejano is just about my favourite white wine.

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