Niepoort Docil Branco Loureiro


Wine label
Bottle sizes:750 ML
Region:Vinho Verde
Appellation:Vinho Verde
Vineyard:The vineyards are located in the Valley Lima in Vinho Verde with an average age of 20+ years. The wine is made from 100% Loureiro which is a white variety native to this region.
Orientation:The vineyards are at 150 meters above sea level
Soil:Granitic soils
Viticulture:Practicing organic, hand harvested.
Vinification:The wine is fermented in stainless steel with wild yeast and then aged on the lees in tank for 5 months. No malolactic.
Aging:5 months on lees in stainless steel.
Production:2,000 cases
Tasting:Beautiful aromatics of soft white flowers and exotic citrus with some medium concentration of mandarin and clementine fruit on the palate and at the same time a waft of fresh acidity as a counterpoint. Superb balance.


Wine advocate: 91
The 2016 Dócil is a Loureiro, unoaked and coming in at 11% alcohol. More surprisingly, it has 4.9 grams per liter of residual sugar, a bit elevated for a very dry style—and this tastes quite dry, easily soaking up and obliterating the sugar. (Of course, this is a serious table wine—no fizz.) This year, said Dirk Niepoort to me, may be even better than the 2015. He may be right. (Or, maybe I underrated the 2015.) In any event, this is pretty terrific, tightly wound and very focused, with laser-like precision. Very concentrated for this lighter-styled grape, this should age nicely, too, since the structure and concentration are in perfect balance, but don't hesitate to drink it young. Its freshness makes it very enticing just now. There were 30,000 bottles produced, vinified at Soalheiro, the famous Alvarinho giant.