Papa Figos Douro Branco

Douro

Casa Ferreirinha

This historic producer, founded in 1751, was purchased by Sogrape in 1987.  Today,...

they have 520 hectares of vineyard in the Douro in all of its three sub-regions:  Lower Corgo, Upper Corgo and Douro Superior.  The winemaking is headed up by the talented Luis Sottomayor, who manages to restrain the Douro’s natural exuberance to produce wines that have a freshness, like Estevo and Papa Figos, allied to a wonderful depth and texture, as with Vinha Grande Red and Quinta da Leda. 

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Vineyards

The grapes for Papa Figos Branco are from carefully selected sites in the Cima Corgo and Douro Superior. The mountainous vineyards of the Douro have schist soils with vines planted either in vertical rows or on traditional "patamares" (terraces). The selected plots are perfectly suited for optimal maturation with hot days and cool evenings bringing out the fresh fruit character of the grapes.

Vintage Information

The 2016 harvest year started with a mild, dry winter but quickly changed into a prolonged period of constant and heavy rain and low temperatures. These conditions continued into spring and contributed to an increased risk of mildew. This affected the lower climes where flowering suffered, reducing yields as a result. Although there were spikes in temperature, summer was mild with generally cool evenings, resulting in a long and balanced maturation that produced wines of superior quality.

Vinification

After gentle crushing, the grapes were pressed and the must was then settled and racked off its gross lees. Fermentation took place at controlled temperatures between 16ºC and 18ºC and lasted approximately 20 days. After fermentation, roughly 20% of the batch was matured in used French oak barrels for three months; the remaining 80% was kept in stainless steel tanks. The wine went through careful fining and filtering before bottling to preserve the fresh fruit character.

Tasting Notes

Lemon yellow in colour with golden tints. The wine is very aromatic with prominent floral notes, tropical fruit and herbaceous qualities. On the palate, it is well-structured with a subtle minerality and a long, persistent finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 55% Rabigato
15% Viosinho
15% Arinto/Pedernã
10% Códega
5% Moscatel
Region Douro
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 5.5g/l
Wine pH 3.2