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2018 Luis Seabra Xisto Ilimitado Branco

Douro Valley, Portugal

The perfect introduction to the savoury, saline styles of white wine coming from the cellar of Luis Seabra.

$45.00

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This is delicious, moreish and so darn excellent.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

If you want a peek at the unique and utterly delicious white wines made by Portuguese renegade Luis Seabra, this is the place to start.

The Ilimitado Branco - a field blend of local varieties Rabigato, Codega, Gouveiu and Viosinho - shows a little more flesh and ripe stonefruit than the two higher-level Seabra whites, however the seaspray/saline notes and the savoury kick that runs through the whole range shows here too in spades.

It's a wonderful thing to drink. Full of texture and energy and an exotic mix of flavours that sucks you back to the glass again and again.

About Luis Seabra

Luis Seabra is a revolutionary "rock star" winemaker out of the Douro Valley in Portugal.

He forged a formidable reputation for crafting some of the region's finest table wines and fortifieds during his tenure as winemaker at the regional standard-bearer, Niepoort.

The launch of his eponymous label was his chance to make wines according to his own style preferences. These are fascinating and detailed table wines crafted from old-vine, sensitively-farmed vineyards along the famed Douro terraces.

The high altitude and dry conditions are perfect for creating the focus and tension Seabra seeks in his creations. Since garnering wide acclaim for his cuveés, Seabra has reinvigorated international attention toward his home.

Winemaker Luis Seabra
Winemaker Luis Seabra
Douro Valley, Portugal
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From The Producer

Bush vines age 80+ on clay loam over slate, mostly blue and some yellow at 400–570 m. Rufete, Touriga Franca, Tinta Carvalha, Alicante Bouchet, Donzelinho Tinto, Malvasia Preta and others. The two vineyards were whole-bunch fermented separately.

Vinification was done in 3,500-litre old open wooden port vats with indigenous yeast and nothing was added to the wine but sulphur dioxide. Aged in 350-litre and 228-litres used oak.

Blend : Rufete, Touriga Franca, Tinta Carvalha, Alicante Bouchet, Donzelinho Tinto, Malvasia Preta et. al.
ABV : 12.50%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

Luis in the vines
Luis in the vines
Douro Valley, Portugal
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94Points
The Wine Front

"This is delicious, moreish and so darn excellent. Saline, floral, appley and peachy, a wine of powdery texture and yet an inward juiciness, long in flavour, clean and cool, elegant in a way but not without a little funk and savouriness. It hits so many high notes. Such prettiness and succulence, freshness and friskiness, yet all held in in this compelling rivulet of wine. Oh yes." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

93Points
Jamie Goode

"Very pretty and detailed with lovely tropical melon and pear fruit with nice brightness. Fresh and pure with a bit of salinity. Stylish and fruit driven." - Jamie Goode

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Better value than Chablis at same price

Luis Seabra is all class. Chablis-like nose with seashell, mineral, and then peach kernel and melon. Attractive. Soft, shapely palate, preserved lemon, subtle zingy acid. Just finishes a little short. Enjoyed the wine but worth paying a little extra for the Granito Cru - the real deal!

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