Luis Seabra, Xisto Ilimitado Branco, Douro Valley, Portugal, 2019
(Pairing suggestion - Wild river trout)
Luis Seabra, After nearly a decade of making wine for Niepoort and becoming instrumental to the success of this acclaimed winery, in 2012 Luis decided to start making wine on his own account. Refusing to conform to the general trends, he is exploring the fascinating terroir of Douro Valley in a unique way. Xisto Ilimitado branco is 100% Rabigato, an indigenous grape variety from Portugal. I proved the wine with some ripe stone fruit and melon. It is an extremely mineral wine from the granite and schist in the Douro, giving the wine a saline finish and acidity to balance out the ripeness of fruit.