2019 Luis Seabra Xisto Cru Tinto Douro

Highly Rated
The flagship red release from renegade Douro producer, Luis Sebra. Power, density, focus - this is an exceptional wine that will cellar beautifully.

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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.

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.

92 Points - "Spicy number; way spicy! Red cherry, sour dark cherry, maraschino, salty green olive and some new leather characters to sniff on. Similar to taste, a tart, taut thing happening in the palate with great extension of flavour, tension and precision as a feel, with a little thinness apparent too. Very fine wine here; kind not of fruit character in a way. Sleek and silky. Great presence and purity is the feel. Have to like them on the edge of ripeness, it feels. I like it." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

95 Points - "Very deep, bold, youthful red-purple colour; the bouquet releases walnutty oak first-up, and a whiff of acetone, dark fruit aromas lurking beneath. The wine is full-bodied and very firm, loaded with tannins that provide a solid grip to the finish and aftertaste. A trace of VA doesn't worry the wine. Quite a lot of oak has been applied. Powerful and long, big structure and lots of muscle: a wine of serious intent which seems built for aging. Impressive." - Huon Hooke (The Wine Front)

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