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Niepoort Vertente 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.

Meaning ‘the slope of a hill’, this is a fesh take on tradition. Fruit is trodden and fermented in temperature controlled stainless lagares before 16 months in oak. Game-cherry-ink with licorice, red berry and spicy acid.

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.

Meaning ‘the slope of a hill’, this is a fesh take on tradition. Fruit is trodden and fermented in temperature controlled stainless lagares before 16 months in oak. Game-cherry-ink with licorice, red berry and spicy acid.

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