Niepoort Redoma Tinto (2005)

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Product information: Niepoort Redoma Tinto was the first douro table wine from Niepoort and was first released in 1991. Redoma is like the Douro - "extreme and with a rigorous character". Old north facing vineyards from Quinta de Napoles and Pinhão Valley are the base for Niepoort Redoma Tinto. 2005 was a dry and hot year in the Douro region; a very hot summer gave rise to vine stress particularly in the south facing vineyards. A light rain shower in early September meant there was complete fruit maturation with some very good acidity. The harvest took place in the 2nd half of September. After careful selection in the vineyard, overripe grapes were sorted out in the winery. After total destemming, 50% of the grapes were fermented in traditional stone lagares with gentle foot treading and the other half in stainless steel with more than 15 days of total maceration. The wine was then aged in French oak barrels for 18 months, where it undergoes malolactic fermentation. This is a blend of Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela, Tinto Cao and other grape varieties.