Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca & others
The grapes come from two areas - Napoles and Pinhao Valley with many of the vines as old as 70 years. The wine is a field blend of many varieties the principles being Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and Tinta Amarela.
The vineyards are at an elevation fo 200 to 450 m
Hand picked with vineyard selection. Practicing Organic.
Fermented in a combination of traditional cement lagares and stainless steel. Macerations varied between 8-25 days. The wine naturally ferments.
18 months in French oak barrels where malolactic takes place.
The grapes for Vertente come from the slopes of Pinhao and Tedo rivers - both Douro tributaries. The grape blend includes several varieties, where Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz are predominant. Vertente is a fresh and elegant wine. Its freshness and youth come from the vines of Quinta de Napoles and its elegance from the old vineyards of the Pinhao valley.
The 2015 Vertente is a field blend from old vines (30 to 60 years), with Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and others, aged for 18 months in 30% new French oak (the rest used in varying ages). It comes in at just 12.5% alcohol. This is often a nice value point in Niepoort's lineup. That's especially true this year. From the first taste, it went right near the top of my list of favorite Vertentes. To be sure, it isn't the most concentrated Vertente ever (the 2011 might be considered there), but it is one of the freshest and most flavorful. In its elegant style, it is a very good value, combining high quality—including the ability to age—and good pricing.
This fruit-driven, ripe wine is also balanced. Full of black fruits and with elegance and poise, it is a wine for drinking early. Fruitiness and the touch of minerality and concentration from the old vines in the blend give both texture and crispness. Drink now. - Wine Enthusiasts
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