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Niepoort Batuta Douro

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The Douro Valley has long been home to production of Port wines. For the past couple of decades, however, a movement towards increasingly fine and elegant table wines has been underway. This movement has by now clearly culminated in a successful new industry, pioneered by the Douro Boys: Vallado, Crasto, Meão, Niepoort, Dona Maria.

Each work mainly with ‘field blends’—old, co-planted single vineyards containing a mixture of Douro indigenous varieties: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Cão, Tinta Barroca, Sousão and more. For all, a feature is retaining the smoky mineral tang of the Douro terroir’s schist soils.

Dirk Niepoort is one of the most important thinkers on the Douro scene, and a noted innovator.

Small, sheltered vineyards produce gentle and elegant fruit, with relatively low alcohol and high acidity—Dirk’s take on “Douro Burgundy”! Fermented in lagare, with malo and ageing in French barrique. Outlandish indeed!

Winemaker's Notes

The Douro Valley has long been home to production of Port wines. For the past couple of decades, however, a movement towards increasingly fine and elegant table wines has been underway. This movement has by now clearly culminated in a successful new industry, pioneered by the Douro Boys: Vallado, Crasto, Meão, Niepoort, Dona Maria.

Each work mainly with ‘field blends’—old, co-planted single vineyards containing a mixture of Douro indigenous varieties: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Cão, Tinta Barroca, Sousão and more. For all, a feature is retaining the smoky mineral tang of the Douro terroir’s schist soils.

Dirk Niepoort is one of the most important thinkers on the Douro scene, and a noted innovator.

Small, sheltered vineyards produce gentle and elegant fruit, with relatively low alcohol and high acidity—Dirk’s take on “Douro Burgundy”! Fermented in lagare, with malo and ageing in French barrique. Outlandish indeed!

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