Niepoort Vertente Tinto is a red wine mad by Dirk Niepoort in the Douro valley. The fruit and concentration are the two main features of the Douro wines, and the elegance is a mark of Niepoort wines.
Niepoort was founded as a Port House in 1842 and today is run by the 5th generation winemaker Dirk van der Niepoort. Whilst Niepoort is 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 released his first red table 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 and Dao. All of the red wines, with the exception of the Niepoort Charme, are made at the futuristic winery at Quinta do Napole. Charme is made with the Ports at Vale de Mendiz.
The grapes for Niepoort Vertente came partly from 20 years old vineyards of Quinta de Nápoles in the Tedo Valley, and the rest from Pinhão Valley’s old vineyards. This wine is dense, complex and fresh, pleasant to drink now but also with great potential for ageing and improving with time. Niepoort Vertente Tinto is a blend of Douro red grape varieties – Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Tinta Amarela, Touriga Nacional and other grape varieties aged 18 months in French barrels.
Sometimes available in Magnums.