On 11 November 2011 DER TAGESSPIEGEL wrote (translated):
Substantial white wine from the Douro bank
Portugal - for many wine lovers this is still the land of port wine and trivial Vinho Verde; gradually the quality of the mostly new red wines seems to be getting around. But dry white wine with substance? It does exist, as our 2010 Rhea Douro Branco shows.
It comes from the Quinta da Faisca winery in the Duoro valley, which produces red, white, port and sweet Moscatel wines. Goncalo Sousa Lopes and Rui Walter Cunha, who took over the company in 2004, combine traditional and modern oenological methods. Some of the grapes are still gently crushed with the feet, but there are also cooled steel tanks from which this white wine comes.
It comes from the regional grape varieties Gouveio, Rabigato and Fernao Pires as well as from Moscatel and Malvasia fina.
By pressing whole grapes without destemming, the winemakers obtain a high phenolic content and pronounced fruity aromas. The subsequent storage in refrigerated stainless steel also serves this purpose. The result is a wine that, despite its stable alcohol backbone of 13.5%, is light, elegant and scores with extravagant fruit aromas; on the palate, it offers citrus and pineapple tones, but also the typical muscatel touch of Moscatel with hints of herbs such as basil.
A good, very independent alternative to the slowly fashionable new whites from Spain. The bottle costs 7.90 euros in the wine gallery, Pestalozzistr. 55 in Charlottenburg.
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