Niepoort Vertente Tinto
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The first step up form 'Drink Me' in the Niepoort range, Vertente offers greater concentration, depth and potential longevity, while retaining much of the younger wine's easy-going charm - although it does appreciate being spulrged out into a decanter or jug an hour or two before drinking to help it open up. The fruit for Vertente (largely Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Amarela) is sourced from mature vineyards in the Tedo and Pinhao valleys, and the wine enjoys 18 months ageing in French oak before bottling. Drunk now, the wine offers deep, dark fruit, gently grippy tannins and impressive length and concentration. If you have the patience to stick it on your rack for a few years, Vertente will soften a little and produce a wonderful flowering of spicy, minerally aromatics.