Niepoort Redoma Tinto was the first douro table wine from Niepoort and was first released in 1991. As Dirk Niepoort says, 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.
Niepoort was founded as a Port House in 1842 and today is run by the 5th generation brother and sister Dirk and Verena Niepoort. Whilst they are style very well known for their superb Port wines, they are now considered to be one of the top Portuguese producers of table wines. Dirk really was at the forefront of the Portuguese wine revolution. He first started experimenting with wines in 1990 and releases his first wine, Niepoort Redoma Tinto in 1991. Dirk continues to experiment and innovate and produces some fantastic Douro wines as well as from relatively newly acquired vineyards in Bairrada.
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.
Niepoort Redoma Tinto 2005 is a blend of Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela, Tinto Cao and other grape varieties.