Wine Niepoort, "Vertente", Douro, 2008
The wine is dark ruby color.
The wine has a well-balanced, elegant, fresh taste with smooth tannins and a long finish.
The aroma of wine is filled with notes of red fruits, minerals and spices, among which are clearly distinguished shades of black and green pepper.
The wine is ideal for red meat, game and cheeses.
"Vertente" - concentrated, and at the same time elegant wine, perfectly expresses the essence of the terroir of the Douro. The soils in the region are mainly shale with granite rocks, which is the guarantor of longevity vines and provides a high concentration of sugar and anthocyanins in berries. 2008 harvest harvested in late September-early October with two sections: in the Quinta de Napoles with the 20-year-old vines and with a 70-year old vineyards in Pingyao. Fermentation takes place from 8 to 25 days in stainless steel tanks and "lagaresah" - granite containers in which the grapes crushed legs. Wine is aged for 18 months in French oak barrels in which there is a secondary malolactic fermentation. Bottled wine in May 2010. "Vertente" You can drink now, as it has a great potential for storage.
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.