sábado, 9 de marzo de 2013

Niepoort Redoma Tinto, Douro 2005


"Niepoort Redoma Tinto has a dark ruby in colour. There are earthy and spice aromas and small berry fruits, pepper and esteva (rockrose) aromas It has plenty of Douro character and a discrete smoky aroma The palate is vibrant with very well defined structure, fruit and minerality intermingling, good freshness and fine tannins, very long and persistent. Great ageing potential". farehamwinecellar

- Wine information: Niepoort Redoma Tinto was the first douro table wine from Niepoort and was first released in 1991. Redoma is like the Douro - "extreme and with a rigorous character". Old north facing vineyards from Quinta de Napoles and Pinhão Valley are the base for Redoma. The main varieties are Tinta Amarela, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca.

- Vintage 2005: Was a dry and hot year in the Douro region; a very hot summer gave rise to vine stress particularly in the south facing vineyards. A light rain shower in early September meant there was complete fruit maturation with some very good acidity. The harvest took place in the 2nd half of September. After careful selection in the vineyard, overripe grapes were sorted out in the winery. After total destemming, 50% of the grapes were fermented in traditional stone lagares with gentle foot treading and the other half in stainless steel with more than 15 days of total maceration. The wine was then aged in French oak barrels for 18 months, where it undergoes malolactic fermentation. A blend of Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela, Tinto Cao and other grape varieties.

- Price: £28.25


Tinta Amarela or Trincadeira is a red wine grape that is commonly used in Port wine production. The grape is noted for its dark coloring. Its use in the Douro region has been increasing in recent years. The vine is susceptible to rot and performs better in dry, hot climates.

It is one of the most widely planted grape varieties in Portugal. It is the oldest and most widely planted grape variety in the Alentejo region, where it is called Trincadeira. The wine tends to be full-bodied and rich, with aromas of blackberries, herbs and flowers.


Tempranillo is a variety of black grape widely grown to make full-bodied red wines in its native Spain. Its name is the diminutive of the Spanish temprano ("early"), a reference to the fact that it ripens several weeks earlier than most Spanish red grapes. Tempranillo has been grown on the Iberian Peninsula since the time of Phoenician settlements. It is the main grape used in Rioja, and is often referred to as Spain's noble grape. Grown early in the 20th century to produce jug wines in California, toward the end of the 20th century Tempranillo enjoyed a renaissance there and throughout the world as a fine wine. The grape has been planted in Mexico, New Zealand, South America, USA, South Africa, Australia, Argentina, Uruguay, Turkey and Canada.

Often blended with Grenache and Cariñena (known in Rioja as Mazuelo), Tempranillo is bottled either young or after several years of barrel aging. In Portugal, it is blended with others to produce port wine. Often growing its best at higher altitudes, the grape yields wines that are ruby in colour, with aromas and flavours of berries, plum, tobacco, vanilla, leather and herb.


Touriga Franca (or Touriga Francesa) is one of the major grape varieties used to produce port wine. Touriga Franca is lighter and more perfumed than Touriga Nacional, adding finesse to the wine. Touriga Franca has been described by Jancis Robinson as playing "Cabernet Franc to Touriga Nacional’s Cabernet Sauvignon". Not much is known about the origins, but it was probably a cross of Mourisco de Semente and Touriga Nacional. Touriga Franca is quite similar to Touriga Nacional, needing harsh conditions to keep vigor down as it gets on the steep arid slopes of the Douro. It is usually trained low to the ground under one of the Royat systems. Yields are medium (1,5 kg/vine), not as bad as Touriga Nacional.

In Portugal, Touriga Franca is the fifth most planted grape, with 7,440 hectares. It plays an important part in port blends. Like Nacional, the variety is increasingly being used for unfortified red wine in the Douro and in the Dão.


Andreas Burghardt started the design process of the winery in 2000 on a different site, a hill adjacent to the current location of the building. As Niepoort underwent a very dynamic development since the turn of the century the planning process lasted until 2007. The production areas building were then erected in a very short time from February to August 2007. The tasting room and guest area was finished in 2008

The main issue for the architect was to find a sensitive way to set the huge building in the landscape. The first idea was to make an invisible building. The winery is situated on top of a hill, overlooking the river and offers a phantastic view to the valley. To embed the winery in the landscape the main parts of the building is situated under ground and the exterior walls were coverd with natural stone (slate) which is the traditional local material for the retaining walls of the terraces. The concept is very minimalistic: as few materials as possible, as few details as possible: The whole building -all walls, floors and ceilings- is built in architectural concrete. Metal parts are made in corten steel.

In Napoles red and white table wines as well as red wine for the Portwine are produced. According to the production process of the wine the grape reception is on top of the building in order to avoid any pumping of the wine. Below is the press area and the barrique stores are on the bottom of the building. All floors are connected with an elevator. The building has low energy standard which is necessary as all storage rooms have to be cooled down to 15°C for all the year. The tasting room opens to a huge patio and has a cantileverd steel terrace overlooking the river.

The existing old house was transformed to an office building by elliminating all walls and floors and creating a huge loft an connetced to the cellar by a tunnel.

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