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Niepoort Vintage 2017 Port

2017 will be remembered for the intense heat and record low levels of rainfall. In-spite of the dry weather, flowering and bud burst developed under good conditions and in August and September the high temperatures during the day and cold nights allowed an even and gradual ripening. The decision to start harvesting early, at the perfect moment of ripeness, allowed grapes to be received in ideal conditions with fantastic natural acidity. Harvest at the Vale de Mendiz winery, began on 24th of August under perfect weather conditions, with musts displaying an intense colour and a powerful character. The last grapes were harvested on 26th of September. The yields were approximately 30% down on a normal year essentially due to dehydration. Vinification All the components for 2017 Vintage Port were trodden by foot in circular granite lagares with 100% of stems. The wines were racked soon after harvest, aged in "tonéis” in the Douro over the winter, and then moved to the cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia in March 2018. Tasting Notes A wonderful dark purple rim and great depth of colour marks the appearance. The aroma is dominated by a superb youthful dark fruit. It is powerful on the front palate, leading into a fresh middle palate with very seductive flavours of dark fruits. A great combination of power and elegance, ends in a bold, dry and lengthy, slightly green tannic finish. The length and structure of the 2017 promise a wine for the long term with great ageing potential.

Technical Information

PRODUCER: Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

REGION: Douro SOIL TYPE: Schist VINEYARDS: Several in the Cima Corgo

AVERAGE VINE AGE: 80 and over 100 years GRAPE VARIETIES: Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others

VINES PER HA: 4000-6000 HARVEST PERIOD: August/September 2017

HARVEST METHOD: Hand picked

FERMENTATION: Lagares /Foot treading

BOTTLING: Expected in June 2019 AGEING: 2 years in "tonéis".

Food Suggestions Perfect with “Queijo da Serra”, Stilton or other blue cheeses, chocolate based deserts and dark chocolate.

Dirk’s comments on the Niepoort Vintage 2017 Niepoort Vintages 1927, 1942, 1945, 1955 and 1970 to name just a few, are powerful and rich on one side and with great harmony and elegance on the other. The key word to describe our Vintage Ports is Balance, an incredible balance between all the components: huge tannins, sweetness and alcohol. Very old vineyards - all over 80 years old from Cima Corgo - low yields, grapes foot trodden 100% with the stems, result in amazing Vintage Ports. 2005, 2007, 2011 and 2015 are all incredible Vintages and the outcome of a fine-tuning process to achieve a perfect 2017. Nature helped in all aspects and from very early stage it was clear that something magic was on its way. We made a very attentive selection of the grapes taking all overripe grapes. The result was an amazing balanced yet powerful wine with unbelievable freshness, tight strong focused tannins, and totally well integrated alcohol. A luscious, generous wine with a long long long finish. Niepoort has always been a well-kept Port secret.