‘Granito Cru’ Alvarinho, Luis Seabra, Douro, Portugal 2018

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Native grape varieties – low SO2

Luis Seabra

In 2012, Luis Seabra quit his prestigious role as head winemaker at Niepoort to strike out on his own. After many years working under some of the more renowned winemakers in the world, he felt the time was right to put his energy into a first solo project.

From his high-altitude vineyards in the Douro, he produces both whites and reds that are based on blends of native grape varieties from ancient, co-planted vineyards on a combination of soil types.

Luis’ philosophy is encapsulated by the name ‘Cru’ under which he bottles his wines. Meaning raw, his aim is to produce wines that offer a sense of place in a true, honest manner. He only adds a tiny dose of sulphur, ensuring the wines are a true representation of their unique terroirs.

We were all blown away when we first tasted Luis’ wines and we are thrilled to have been able to secure a small allocation for the Scottish market.

‘Granito Cru’ Alvarinho 2018

An excellent and unique Alvarinho from the Vinho Verde region in the north of the country. Carefully selected small parcels of Alvarinho are matured in two large oak vats (one Slovenian, the other Hungarian) giving this wine a creamy, nutty, layered and complex character. The ripe stone fruits and citrus are balanced with plenty of clean acidity, though unlike many other Alvarinhos this has a rich and rounded mouthfeel.

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