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Niepoort Clos de Crappe Brancotext
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Niepoort Clos de Crappe Branco 2019

Douro Valley, Northern Portugal, PortugalThe new Clos de Crappe white is based on the same idea Dirk had for the OG Clos de Crappe (red). The wine is serendipitous based on and created around technical errors or perceived flaws, in this case reduction. This comes from a single 80-year-old vineyard planted to Rabigato, Códega do Larinho, Gouveio and Malvasia Fina, rooted in sloping granitic soils at 500m. This was whole bunch pressed and native fermented in barrique, where it remained for 9 months. Reductive this certainly is, so give it some solid airtime to let the old vines show through. Alluring darts of fragrant lemon blossom and rind, dragonfruit, mirabelle plum, pear skin rule the slick medium-bodied palate, finishing gently, with a swell of warmth. The altitude and soils keep this fresh, while the reductive feature keeps things interesting. Crack and enjoy over a few hours (or day).Tasted: 29 March 2021Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: ON 29.95 consignment Producer: Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.Distributors: Vintage Corks Limited
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Blend: Rabigato - Códega do Larinho - Gouveio - Malvasia Fina