Niepoort Vertente Tinto

Niepoort Vertente Tinto, Douro
Niepoort Vertente Tinto, Douro
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Wine information: Notes - Vertente was created in 2000 with the goal of showing a different approach to other Niepoort douro wines: more consumer friendly than Redoma, with a bit more fruit, whilst preserving the quality and character of Niepoort (the portuguese word Vertente means line or style). Vertente is sourced from vineyards at Quinta de Nápoles and from old vineyards in the Pinhão Valley and the blend is mainly Touriga Nacional and Tinta Amarela. 2005 was a dry and hot year in the Douro region, a very hot summer gave rise to vine stress in south facing vineyards. A light rain shower in early September allowed a complete fruit maturation with some very good acidity. The harvest was made in September the grapes were a rigorously select in the sorting table and subsequently destemned. The wine was fermented in stainless steel lagares, with step hydraulic system and total maceration of 8 to 10 days. The wine aged during 15 months in French oak barrels, where it underwent maloláctic fermentation. Dark ruby colour, with black and red fruit aromas, spicy with dark and green pepper notes, mineral with light smoky character from the age in barrel. The palate is fruity, and the tannins are smooth with good persistence, fine and elegant. A wine with character to drink now or in the next years.

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