Niepoort Redoma Tinto
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Redoma Tinto is Dirk Niepoort's flagship wine, and is produced from some of their finest Douro vineyards from Tinta Amarela, Touriga Franca, Rufete, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão and other native grape varieties. Niepoort themselves say of it:
The Douro, wild, laced with vines created by Man, is a unique heritage. The main mission of Redoma, created in 1991, and the first red wine from Niepoort, is to reflect both the beauty and the harshness of the Douro Valley. It is a wine that, while respecting the specificities of each year, always has some rough edges, being slightly rustic, due to the use of the stalks in its vinification and an extended stage vats.
And of the 2013 specifically:
The 2013 harvest began on 19 August, earlier than usual, in order to maintain the high levels of acidity and avoid high degrees of alcohol. It was a more productive year, around 25% better than 2012. The decision to start harvesting earlier turned out to be the right one, since the main vineyards had already been harvested before it started raining heavily on the 27th September.
The grapes for Redoma Red 2013 are from old vines near Quinta de Nápoles. After a careful selection on entering the cellar, the grapes were vinified with 50% stalks in a granite press, and trodden by foot. Redoma 2013, unlike the previous Redomas, made the malolactic fermentation and aged in large old wooden vats. 15,632 bottles were bottled in 29 July.
Lighter in colour than usual, resulting from more delicate winemaking, with less extraction, Redoma Red 2013 presentes a red and balsamic fruit aroma. Typical notes of plum and rockrose reveal a classic Douro. Deep and austere in the mineral notes and a light vegetal from the stems. Complex, multidimensional, with many layers to discover. Good volume in the mouth, firm and compact structure, with very expresssive tannins. In a balanced year as in 2013, we achieved an excellent harmony between power and elegance, between fruit and acidity. Long, mineral, and extremely elegant finish. A wine with a great ageing potential and lots of character.