A new name in Douro wine

I seem to be on a bit of a Douro run recently, this being the third week running that I have featured a Douro wine in this column. I have been focusing on new wines that have hit the market and most that have caught my eye lately seem to have been from Douro.

This is a new winery under the label Gravidade (meaning ‘gravity’) that started out in 2016 on a small vineyard near Lamego with 40-year-old vines. They produce a red and a white, both with minimal intervention and avoiding the use of machinery where possible.

The white is a blend of Verdelho with the typical Douro variety Códega do Larinho. This is an extremely well-balanced wine, fermented (but not aged) in used oak barrels. The wine is a very pale-yellow colour, fresh and vibrant on the nose with floral and citric notes, and not even a hint of oak.

The wine is dry in the mouth with a very light butteriness, and gentle tropical fruit flavours leading to a clean and fresh finish. A high-quality white from the Douro – €17.95 at Apolónia.

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