Luis Seabra Xisto Cru Branco 2021

$102.00 inc. GST

After a decade as winemaker at Niepoort, where he was responsible for some of the best known and highest rated wines to come out of the famed Douro and Porto producer, Luis Seabra decided that he no longer wanted to make wines to someone else’s tastes and specifications. Thus, he began his eponymous winery, and set about shattering preconceptions of what Douro wines represent.


The Xisto Cru Branco is one of a series of wines that Luis makes that exemplify and express the intensely terroir-driven style in which he operates. He is a particularly gifted winemaker, one who sees wine as a medium through which a piece of land can speak. “Cru” translates as “raw” in Portuguese, and the transmission of terroir here is unadulterated and singular. This series of wines is one in which he removes every variable but that of the land itself, and the stark expression of the soil that results is extraordinary. He works exclusively with spontaneous fermentation, native yeasts, and large format tight-grained oak for all the wines in this series.


70% Rabigato, remaining balance field blend of Codega (10%) , Gouveio (10%) and Viosinho Dozelino Branco (10%) . Sustainably farmed vineyards planted from 1920-1933. Tended in mica schist soil from 650-700 m (2,133-2,297 ft) elevation. This is a vegan wine.


Spontaneously fermented in used tonneaux using indigenous yeast present on the fruit. 9 months on the lees. 12 months in French oak used barrels , no battonage, no malolactic fermentation.


Brilliant straw. On the nose, high toned and mineral driven aromas of sour peach, flowers, fresh fennel bulb and savoury. On the palate, more peach, citrus zest and fennel, with white pepper and floral tones rounding out the finish.

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Luis Seabra Vinhos Xisto Cru Douro Branco 2019
Posted on 20 September 2021.

Rabigato is the variety, 70-80-year-old-vines the star. Epic wines here. Importer: QED Wines
Drinks with potency and power, saline mineral veins, light caramel notes in green apple, green melon and stone fruits. Has a sense of great Burgundy to it, unadorned though, about fruit and savouriness with body. A lot going on here. A real experience wine. The finish into infinity. So brilliant.

Rated : 95 Points
Tasted : Sep-21
Alcohol : 13.00%