Twisted BrancoTwisted Branco

Twisted Branco is a Douro white wine created specially for the American market. Wine pleases you not only with its flavors and aromas, but also with the lovely story on the bottle label created by the American animator Bill Plympton.

Vinification

Vineyard burst was uncommonly early in 2011, and all the cycle was anticipated with harvest starting earlier than ever. Nevertheless higher planted vineyards went slower than the others, and when harvest finished, all the wines presented a good quantity of malic acid, which is a very important requirement for a fresh palate in the white wines that don’t undergo malolactic fermentation. Harvest begun in the end of August, and after a quick pressing without any skin contact, the juice settled for 24h. Fermentation was made in stainless steel vats (75%) and French oak barrels (25%). The wine aged in these two types of containers for 7 months with fine lees, without steering and without malolactic fermentation.

Tasting Notes

Citric coloured wine, with intense mineral character and strong citric aromas, peaches and white flower notes. On the palate, shows great balance and complexity, with juicy stone fruit flavours, and a refreshing acidity. Very long and salty aftertaste.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Mica-Schist

Vineyards

Several

Average Vine Age

20 to 50 years old

Grape Varieties

Rabigato, Códega do Larinho, Gouveio, Dona Branca, Viosinho, Bical and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

550-700

Harvest Period

August/September

Malolactic

None

Fermentation

Stainless steel vats (75%) and French oak barrels (25%)

Bottled

April 2012

Ageing

Stainless steel vats and French oak barrels

Dry Extract

19

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

3

Alcohol (%)

13.5

pH

3.31

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.8

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.4

Production

92.820 bottles

Food Suggestions

Grilled and baked fish, pasta with seafood, white meat.

Twisted Branco is a Douro white wine created specially for the American market. Wine pleases you not only with its flavors and aromas, but also with the lovely story on the bottle label created by the American animator Bill Plympton.

Vinification

The viticultural year of 2014 at Quinta de Nápoles was characterised as a year of lower quantity but higher quality. Everything indicated an early year, due to the large amount of water accumulated during the winter and spring. The maturation phase occurred early and allowed the beginning of the harvest in August. At Quinta de Nápoles most parcels were harvested over a period of good weather between 23 August and 21 September.

The grapes, from vines located at altitude on the right bank of the Douro, were transported at night in a refrigerated truck. After careful selection on arrival at the winery, they were gently pressed at a low temperature to avoid oxidation and extraction of gross lees.

After natural decantation for around 24 hours, 10% of the must was fermented in French oak barrels and the remainder in stainless steel vats for eight months, with its indigenous yeasts. The wine was bottled in May 2015.

Tasting Notes

The 2014 vintage shows the fresh and balanced character of the viticultural year. Fresh and delicate aroma, decidedly mineral. Good notes of fresh fruit, citrus and some exotic fruit. On the palate, it is appellative and very elegant , with good acidity, fresh and refreshing. The finish leaves good citric and mineral notes. A very balanced white, with presence but not too strong. Perfect for a wide range of occasions.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Mica-Schist

Vineyards

Several

Average Vine Age

20 to 50 years old

Grape Varieties

Rabigato, Códega do Larinho, Gouveio, Dona Branca, Viosinho, Bical and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

550-700

Harvest Period

August/September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

None

Fermentation

Stainless steel vats (75%) and French oak barrels (25%)

Bottled

May 2015

Ageing

Stainless steel vats and French oak barrels

Dry Extract

17.2

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

1.1

Alcohol (%)

12.5

pH

3.3

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.8

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.4

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

23

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

87

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.9885

Food Suggestions

Grilled and baked fish, pasta with seafood, white meat.

Twisted Branco is a Douro white wine created specially for the American market. Wine pleases you not only with its flavors and aromas, but also with the lovely story on the bottle label created by the American animator Bill Plympton.

Vinification

The weather conditions of the viticultural year 2015 were very favourable, with sun, a warm temperature and low humidity, allowing a homogeneous vegetative growth. One of the particular features of this viticultural year was the vineyard ability to remain hydrated during ripening. In late August, early September, the basal leaves still remained green and moist, with hydrated berries and a thick, firm skin. The balance of the musts, the softness of the tannins, and the intense colour concentration indicate that this is an exceptional year.

The grapes were transported at night in a refrigerated truck, and after careful selection on arrival at the winery, they were gently pressed at a low temperature to avoid oxidation and extraction of gross lees.

After natural decantation for around 24 hours, 15% of the must was fermented in French oak barrels and the remainder in stainless steel vats for 8 months. The wine was bottled in May 2016.

Tasting Notes

Although young and moderate in the aroma, the balance and harmony of the 2015 harvest are remarkable. With fresh, delicate, and decidedly mineral aroma, the citrine fruits and fresh herbs notes stand out. On the palate, it is enveloping and very elegant, with good acidity. The finish is fresh with good citric and mineral notes. A young, lively, and very easy-drinking white. Perfect for a wide range of occasions.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Mica-Schist

Vineyards

Several

Average Vine Age

40 to 70 years

Grape Varieties

Rabigato, Códega do Larinho, Gouveio, Donzelinho, Viosinho and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

550-700

Harvest Period

August/September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

None

Fermentation

Stainless steel vats (75%) and French oak barrels (25%)

Bottled

May 2016

Ageing

Stainless steel vats and French oak barrels

Dry Extract

17.7

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

0.8

Alcohol (%)

12.5

pH

3.27

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.1

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.3

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

32

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

89

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.9888

Food Suggestions

Grilled and baked fish, pasta with seafood, white meat.