Passadouro Branco 2016

An authentic and modern Douro white.

The Passadouro winery is located in the upper reaches of the Douro valley, not far from the Spanish border with vineyards at relatively high altitude (500 to 600 metres). Hot days and cool nights in the summer combined with the tough slate and granite soil make for wine of great freshness and character.

This is the entry level white from Passadouro, selling for around €9 in supermarkets, and a wine that really expresses the terroir and the character of the traditional Douro white grapes used to make it: Côdega de Larinho, Rabigato and Viosinho.

Just 10% of the wine is fermented in oak with the remainder in stainless steel followed by four months of ageing on the lees.

The wine is fresh and vibrant on the nose, not overly fruity but displaying interesting floral notes, good texture and minerality with a long dry finish.

This is a very good Douro white in the sub-€10 price category and an excellent partner for grilled fish.

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