Wine Niepoort, "Vertente", Douro, 2011
Wine typical bright ruby color.
Taste wine elegant, sophisticated, with good structure and balance, smooth tannins and a long, fresh finish.
The wine has a complex and subtle fruity aroma with notes of spices, minerals and wet ground.
The wine goes well with roast beef, duck with rice, a dish of cod and perfectly sets off the tastes of various cheeses (Camembert, St. Albert, Bree).
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.
2011 is characterized by early growing season and flowering, which led to harvest much earlier than usual. In the end, the wine showed a moderate alcohol content and good wine and malic acid. The harvest started on September 5. After careful sorting of the grapes was sent to the winery. Fermentation took place over 25 days in conical stainless steel vats. The wine is aged 18 months in French oak barrels, of which 15% - 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 completed construction Niport 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.