40% Rabigato; 40% Viosinho; 20% Codega do Larinho
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Certified Sustainably Produced, Vegetarian, Vegan
Odisseia Harvest White is an enigmatic, fresh white from the Douro region of Portugal. It has vibrant aromas of greengage, cantaloup melon, apricot, grapefruit and hints of tangerine, which follow through to a concentrated, layered palate. There is a beautiful balance and complexity of flavours in this wine from stone fruits, especially white peach with some tropical hints and lovely balancing, fresh acidity. This is an elegant, dry textured white from Portugal and the flavours go on and on!
Odisseia Harvest White reminds us of a cross between Godello and Albariño from NW Spain. This is a high quality wine at a great price, and should be served around 12C to fully appreciate the layers of flavour.
It is made from a blend of indigenous grape varieties, Viosinho (providing high quality, full flavours from low yield vines, pronounced apricot flavours), Rabigato (a rare variety grown in the Douro with excellent acidity) and Codega de Larinho (flavours of melon, peach and pineapple).
The grapes for this wine come from three Douro areas at 450 – 650 metres above sea level on granite soils. The grapes are pressed and the must is separated for 2 to 3 days. After fermentation for 3 – 4 weeks, the wine is then separated from the thicker lees and spends time in stainless steel. By the end of December the remaining fine lees with have been stirred once a week, a technique called battonage which ensures the lees come into contact with the wine and enhance aromas and complexity.
Jean-Hughes Gros gained a wealth of experience, after completing a degree in oenology, including working in Burgundy, California and Champagne. A love for the Douro region grew with experience working with the legendary Sandeman and Quinta do Convento Port Estates. In 2004 he started Odisseia with a focus on producing high quality, unfortified wines using indigenous grape varieties and sustainably production practices.
The Douro region of northern Portugal takes its name from the Douro River, the longest river in the Iberian peninsula. It rises as the Rio Duero in the Soria Province in northern Spain and flows through to the border with Portugal where it becomes the Douro and finally reaches the Atlantic at Porto. Although Douro is best known for its fortified wines, total production here is evenly split with its unfortified wines gaining greater recognition for quality using local varieties. The Douro’s most unifying trait is varied soil types and vineyards located on steep dry slopes either side of the river.
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