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2018 Niepoort ‘Vertente’ Douro Valley, Portugal

Niepoort is an independent family business since 1842. Through five generations the business passed successfully from one Niepoort to the next Niepoort and in most cases, older and younger generations worked side by side for a long period. Today is run by Dirk. He discovered the world of wine during studies in Switzerland. In 1987 Dirk joined his father, Rolf Niepoort, in the family business and was challenged to innovate while maintaining the good traditions. The first important step was the acquisition of the first owned vineyards: Quinta de Nápoles and Quinta do Carril in Cima Corgo, a region that traditionally produces the best Port Wines; 15 hectares of vineyards were newly planted, and 10 hectares of 60-year old vines were carefully maintained.

 Why do we like it?

As the name suggests (“Vertente” means “aspect” or “hillside”), this wine represents an overview of the Douro Valley: it is made up of a little bit of all the Douro terroirs that Niepoort cultivates. The majority of the grapes originate from old vineyards are aged between 50 and 80 years, with a traditional blend of several grape varieties. This wine spends 22 months in French oak, adding aromas of spice from the wood. Aromas of graphite, wild forest fruits and black plum mingling with some added complexity from its long maturation. Its fine and deeply refreshing flavour profile provides tension and complexity on the palate, making the Vertente 2018 a truly elegant wine, with a pleasant finish.


Grape           Tinta Roriz blend

Country        Portugal                               

Region          Douro Valley                              

Vintage        2018

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