Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca & others
Several old vineyards. The wine is a "field blend" wine with Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz taking the lead role - but there are around 35 different varieties in the blend. 60 - 120 year old vines.
100-400m above sea level.
Practicing organic and Hand harvested
Fermentation takes place in stainless steel and stone lagares using wild yeasts. The grapes are foot trodden.
21 months in French oak casks of 228 liters.
With Redoma, Niepoort tries every year to express what they consider the Douro character. The edgy tannins represent the wilderness and the steepness of the vineyards, the strong character results from the mountain viticulture; the mineral notes express the schist soils and the rich aromas express the sunny summer days. Redoma was the first Douro still wine produced by Niepoort in 1991. Many things have changed since then in the Douro but Redoma has kept its character.
The 2016 Redoma is a field blend aged for 20 months in large and old wooden vats. It comes in at 13% alcohol. This was the final blend and out of cask, but it was a couple of weeks from bottling when seen. This adds intensity to the Vertente this issue but has some of the same characteristics, including glorious freshness and vivid fruit flavor. This is a terrific Redoma, tight, crisp, tense, focused and lingering, plus pretty delicious. It looks like a fine competitor to the 2015. Niepoort said he liked the balance on the 2015 somewhat better, and this had somewhat harder edges, at least now. He said the 2016 might age better, though. Then, after thinking about it, he said he preferred the 2016. He seemed a little conflicted—me too. It is hard choosing between your children. I liked the structure and intensity here a little more, while the 2015 has more finesse. In the long run, I suspect that they will be pretty close, both big winners. It is certainly true, though, that this 2016 is a bit more closed at the same point in its life. They are both going to age well too, probably better than anticipated.
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