Wine Niepoort, "Vertente", Douro, 2009
Wine rich ruby-red color.
Attractive, elegant, fruity and incredibly fresh taste of wine has a fairly soft tannins and a long persistent finish.
In the bright, very fresh and unique elegant aroma is dominated by shades of red and black fruit, harmoniously complemented by spicy notes of black pepper and green nuances and minerals.
The wine goes well with roast beef, duck with rice and perfectly sets off the tastes of different cheeses.
Wine "Vertente" made from grape varieties Tinta Roriz, Turiga Frank, Tinta Amarela, Turiga Nacional. Thanks to this blend, it features an incredible fruitiness and freshness. Beautiful vineyards in the Douro valley with a total area of 30 hectares were acquired Niport in 1988. Here there are mostly old vines, aged between 20 and 80 years, they do not differ a great yield and yield only 5-6 hectoliters per hectare. Company Niepoort completely eliminate the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which not only degrade the quality of the wines, but also adversely affect the ecology of vineyards.
For Winegrowers of Niepoort year 2009 was very promising. High rainfall and cooler in summer than usual, heralded a long period of ripening. However, in mid-August, starting with the number 12, the temperature has risen sharply, accelerated the process of ripening grapes. Therefore, the harvest started earlier, in early September. After careful selection berries were fermented in stainless steel vats and maceration for a period up to 20 days. Withstand the wine for 18 months in French oak barrels, of which 30% were new.
Niepoort winery was founded in 1842 Niport family - originally from the Netherlands. Now the company is headed by Dirk Niport - the fifth generation of the family, enjoys strong reputation among winemakers. Thanks to the coordinated teamwork, hard work and professionalism of the company under his leadership has made great strides.
In 2007, the company has completed the construction of the winery on a hillside next to the old building. The main challenge for the architect to find a clever way to integrate a huge building in the beautiful landscape. The site is located on a hilltop, overlooking the river and valley. Therefore, the first thought was to make the building visible. To enter the plant in the landscape, the main part of the building is located underground, and exterior walls covered with natural stone (shale), which is a traditional material for the walls of the terraces. The concept of the plant is very minimalist: a minimum of materials, a minimum of parts. Walls, floors and ceilings of buildings constructed of architectural concrete and metal parts are made of steel. All floors are connected by an elevator. In order to save resources, the company tends to reduce energy consumption, which becomes necessary because the temperature in the storage compartments should be maintained at 15 ° C throughout the year. From the tasting room overlooks a large patio and terrace - the river.
Family tradition, enthusiasm, commitment and innovative ideas of the company Niport unconditionally complement each other, providing a healthy balance between the centuries-old tradition and innovation.