Country: Portugal Region: Douro
Varietal: 55% Rabigato , 15% Viosinho, 15% Arinto/Pedernã, 10% Códega , 5% Moscatel
Vintage: 2020 Colour: White Style: Dry
Casa Ferreirinha was the first Douro producer dedicated entirely
to making table wines, rather than Port. Its origins date back to
1952 when Fernando Nicolau de Almeida produced the first ever
vintage of Barca-Velha and kickstarted the quality revolution in
Douro table wines. Named after the legendary Dona Antónia
Ferreira, one of the formidable widows of the world of wine, Casa
Ferreirinha pays homage to the memory of this visionary woman.
Today, the winemaking team is headed up by Luís Sottomayor,
who restrains the Douro’s natural exuberance to produce wines
that have a vibrant freshness allied to a lovely texture and depth.
The grapes for Papa Figos Branco are picked from carefully
selected sites in the Cima Corgo and Douro Superior at around
600 metres above sea level. The mountainous vineyards have
schist soils with vines planted either in "vinha ao alto" vertical rows
or on "patamares" terraces. Grapes grown at this altitude benefit
from a wide diurnal temperature range, with hot days
counteracted by cool nights, and the grapes undergo an ideal
slow ripening process, accumulating great flavour intensity whilst
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 -18ºC and lasted for
around 20 days. Unoaked to preserve the bright fruit character,
the wine went through careful fining and filtration before bottling.
Lemon yellow in colour. The wine is very aromatic with prominent
floral notes, citrus and stone fruit aromas. On the palate, it has
great freshness with a balanced acidity and a subtle minerality.
The finish is crisp and elegant.