Wine Niepoort, "Drink me", Douro, 2009
The wine is a deep dark ruby color.
The wine has a rich, smooth, fresh taste with good acidity, soft tannins, fruity undertones and a long aftertaste.
Intense, expressive nuances of flavor of the wine is filled with red and dark fruits, complemented by notes of spices and notes of wet stone.
The wine is ideal for meat and pasta.
Wine "Drink Me" is made from a variety of local red grapes grown in vineyards in the Cima Corgo at an altitude of 100-500 meters above sea level. Age vines is from 10 to 40 years. If you give a general description of the weather, the 2009 season turned out to be cool, with plenty of water and all presaged a long, slow ripening. But amazingly high temperature in August, on the contrary, accelerated aging of grapes and the harvest began in early September. Fermentation was carried out with maceration for 8-15 days in steel tanks. Only 20% of the wine was aged in French oak barrels and the rest - in steel tanks for 12 months.
A small wine company Niport, produces some of the best port, was founded in 1842 Niport family - originally from the Netherlands. Now the company is headed by a representative of the fifth generation of the family - the famous Dirk Niport, has earned high international prestige among winemakers. For a long time the family Niport purchased grapes from small farms located in the valley of kicks. But in 1988, the company purchased a vineyard, two of the highest category "A" with a total area of 30 hectares: Chianti Chianti and do Carril de Napolesh. Beyond that, the company manages another farm - Quinta do Passadoru.
In the vineyards of Niepoort dominated low yielding vines venerable age from 40 to 70 years old and some even more than 100 years. Niport adheres to the traditional method of vinification port. Here, as in the old days, workers crushed grapes feet in huge vats of granite "lagares" that allows you to get rich tannins and pigments port. Upon exposure of wines together with small barrels expensive "pipash" volume of 500-600 liters is also used large oak barrels "toneish" volume 25-35 thousand liters. As a result of the mixing of wines aged in "pipash" and "toneish" born elegant and harmonious port, to improve their quality in the bottle for decades. Niepoort company was awarded the prestigious award "Best Port Producers" in 2001 at the competition of Portuguese wines.