miércoles, 6 de marzo de 2013

Niepoort Drink Me Douro Tinto 2008


- Wine information: Niepoort Drink Me the entry point into Dirk Niepoort's wine world. The idea behind Drink Me is the creation of a pleasant, easy drinking red wine, yet retaining complexity, mineral notes and great depth, usually found in the classic Douro wines. This time, the label is illustrated by Phil Mulloy, a British animator, who worked as a writer and director of live action films until the late 1980’s. As an animator, his visual style is distinctive in its use of primitive, often skeletal figures and minimalist backgrounds. Phil Mulloy has won many international awards and has made over 30 animated films. Drink Me is produced from vineyards located in the Cima Corgo sub-region, being the main varieties Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Amarela and Tinta Barroca. 2008 is the third edition of this wine, produced for the UK market. It's an intense wine, full of Douro character, with great freshness, showing smooth tannins and fruity aromas.

- Tasting Notes: Niepoort Drink Me 2008 is a dark ruby wine, with intense red fruit and spicy aromas, along with a schist stony character. On the palate is vibrant and appealing, with juicy tannins and very good acidity that provides long lasting aftertaste.

- Indicated blend: Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roiz, Tinta Amarela y Tinto Cao.

- Price: £10


Tinta Roriz (Aragonez) - Touriga is a Portuguese red-wine blend responsible for some of the more dynamic, modern red-wine styles to have emerged from southern Portugal over the past decade.

To clarify the nomenclature used here, 'Aragonez' is the name used in Alentejo for the Tempranillo grape variety, although it also goes by Arinto Tinto, Tinta de Santiago and Tinta Aragoneza in southern Portugal and Tinta Roriz in northern Portugal. 'Touriga' here denotes any combination of Touriga Nacional and/or Touriga Franca.

Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca are used in the Douro and Dao wine regions of northern to make both dry table wines and fortified wines (Port). Further south, where Tinta Roriz has long been known as Aragonez and the Tourigas are relative newcomers, the varieties are used exclusively in dry table wines.
Aragonez (Tinta Roriz) and Touriga Nacional provide the foundations of this blend, with their deep color, solid structure and pronounced tannins. On top of this, the slightly lighter, more fragrant Touriga Franca brings layers of bright fruit aromas and sweet spice. When well cared for in the vineyard and judiciously blended in the winery, this combination of grape varieties produces Portugal's finest dry-red wines.


The Douro region of northern Portugal is the home of Port. It takes its name from the Douro river, which flows east to west from the Spanish border to Oporto, where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. Though Douro is best known for its fortified wines, total production here is fairly evenly split between port and table (non-fortified) wines.

The area divides into three sub-regions, each expressing different aspects of Douro's hot continental climate. Starting at the Spanish border is the arid Douro Superior. This emerging sub-region is covered in terraced vineyards and takes up about 20% of available vineyard land in Douro.

Near the town of Pinhao is Cima Corgo (Upper Corgo), where most high-end vintage port originates. Cima Corgo is the largest of the Douro's three sub-regions, and accounts for almost half of the valley's total wine production. The steep vineyards of Cima Corgo are predominantly composed of schist with sizable granite deposits. Vines nearer the river tend to ripen much earlier than those at higher elevations, meaning that the harvest is often completed in multiple sweeps of the same vineyard.

Baixo Corgo (Lower Corgo) is the most westerly of the sub-regions and is best suited to the production of table wines. The area is cooler and wetter than its neighbors, but also more accessible, meaning that more bulk-wine operations are possible.

Port wine can be made from more than 80 different grape varieties, but in practice the vineyards are dominated by five key varieties; Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinto Cao and Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo). Of these, aromatic Touriga Nacional is the most highly regarded, and Touriga Franca the most widely planted. Vineyards tend to be an eclectic cross- section of port grape varieties, often with more than 20 present within a single vineyard.

References: farehamwinecellar and wine-searcher 

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