werful and long, big structure and lots of muscle: a wine of serious intent which seems built for ageing. Impressive.
About The Wine
The Xisto Cru Tinto is Seabra's most inwardly-concentrated, deftly-crafted expression of his region.
It combines multiple local varieties across two great 80+ year old vineyards that sit between 400m and 570m above sea level.
Using 100% whole bunch during ferment, Seabra gently extracts the powdery tannins and exotic flavours that combine beautifully with the overarching sense of minerality that runs through each of his cuvees.
It's a strange thing to say, but this shows something akin to Barossa Valley levels concentration but with freshness and energy that says it's decidedly its own thing. It will continue to mature wonderfully for years to come.
About Luis Seabra
Luis Seabra is a revolutionary "rock star" winemaker based in 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.