2017 Luis Seabra Mono C Tinto

Luis Seabra |Douro |Castelao
Fantastic medium-weight Portuguese red from the rarely seen Castelao variety. Great tannin, vibrancy and personality. If you like Gamay, give this a go.

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Where the majority of the Luis Seabra reds are blends of a myriad of varieties, the Mono C showcases a single variety, Castelão, in its purest form.

If you love the more complex, structural expressions of Cru Beaujolais, this will be right in you wheel house. It shows a similar palate weight, grapey flavours of both red and purple fruits and a cracked pepper and green herb lift that comes with the territory of 100% whole bunch ferments.

The thing that sets this apart is the tannin. Oh, the tannin.

It's firm, dry, mineral and compact - it's a wonderful mid-weight red that packs a serious punch.

Hand-harvested on 24 August. Indigenous yeast fermentation with 100% whole cluster, in small stainless-steel vats, nothing was added to the wine but SO2. Total maceration of 25 days. Ageing of 16 months in 500-litre French oak barrels.

93 Points - "This is great to drink, intriguing to drink, supple and yet draped in a veil of sandy, firm tannins Dried fruit and choc and nut characters abound, and though that sounds hearty, the wine manages energy despite the depth and sense of grunt. Jolly wine, stacked with flavour, one to pause over and dig into something nice on your dinner table too. Them tannins; the big drawcard. Really lovely gear." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

16.5 Points - "Mid, glowing crimson. Lifted dark-red fruit that reminds me a bit of Gamay on the nose, a touch peppery with air. For a wine with 13.5% alcohol, it seems light on its feet, softly structured and nicely dry though I imagine the oak has given it a little more flesh on the mid palate. Even though it is not a typical Douro variety, it has retained the attractive stony/mineral quality of the region, avoiding unwanted sweetness, lightly chewy. Subtle, fresh, juicy and persistent. There's a light spiciness too but it seems to be more texture than flavour. As with the Mourisco, I am not sure how this will age but it still seems very youthful." - Julia Harding MW (Jancis Robinson)

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