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20 Year Old Tawny Port Niepoort

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One Line Description 20YO Tawny Port Niepoort, twenty year old tawny port, rich, complex, intense fortified wine
Production Method Natural
Country Portugal Portuguese
Region Douro, Portugal
Producer Niepoort
Vintage Non Vintage
Wine Type Port, Sherry and other Fortified Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend Touriga Nacionale and other Douro varieties
Alcohol 19.5% abv
Terroir Schist
Total Sulphur Level 56 mg/l
Maturation Average 20 years in barrel
Ageing Potential Ready to drink, the wine will keep very well once opened, best to keep cool.
Production Detail Wild yeast fermentation, foot trodden in traditional Lagares, no cellar adjustments save for acidification with tartaric acid and minimal sulphur use which is unavoidable in Port production due to the fortification and naturally low acid in the grapes. I
Natural Features Vegan, Oxidative Notes
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20YO Tawny Port Niepoort, twenty year old tawny port, rich, complex, intense fortified wine. This excellent 20 year old is exceptional, with dried fruit and nut characters, a deep rich palate and plenty of complexity. We love the wines from Niepoort and this is no exception. It spends 20 years ageing in small oak casks before being skilfully blended by their master blender. Niepoort always work with respect for nature and are increasingly using organic production, though this 10 year old has no certification.

Founded in 1842, the small Port house of Niepoort is now run by 5th generation brother and sister Dirk and Verena Niepoort. Its easy to forget that it was only a few years ago that Niepoort was only sought out by a small band of faithful followers, as stock of remarkable, artisan wines built up in the cramped old Niepoort lodge in Rua Serpa Pinto in Vila Nova de Gaia. These days, with a formidable international reputation which spans all styles from aged tawny to vintage, and all points in between, demand threatens to outstrip supply. Ports are all made at the old Museu de Lagares in Vale de Mendiz, which has the only circular granite Lagares in the Douro. Niepoort's mission has always been to be a "niche player", to produce distinctive Ports and Douro wines, combining centuries-old tradition with innovation. This continues today with new vineyard projects to produce dry, natural wines in the Douro - Bairrada - Dão triangle. The importance attached to understanding soils, climates and grape varieties has led the current head of the business Dirk Niepoort down the path of Biodynamics, a practise that respects the "moods" of Nature, to find a balance between biodiversity and minimum intervention, and the wines really speak for themselves. Many of their vineyards now have organic certification, which is very much against the grain in contemporary Port making. After 150 years of doing things just a little differently, Niepoort are now highly respected for their delicious Ports and an increasing array of natural table wines.

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