Niepoort Vertente Douro 2013 750ml
SKU 781194

Niepoort Vertente Douro 2013

Niepoort - Douro - Portugal

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Rated 91 by Decanter
A balanced, fresh style of red with fine tannins, dark berries and hints of hazelnuts. Medium body, delicate tannins and a clean finish. A blend of grape varities from the region. Excellent value for an outstanding Douro red - a real deal. Drink now. (Suckling)
Rated 90 by Robert Parker
The 2013 Vertente is Niepoort's familiar Douro blend, sourced from a combination of younger (with Niepoort, that means about 25 years) and older vines. Startlingly open and expressive, this shows little sign of a problem in this difficult vintage. Exuberant and tasty, it also evolves into something more serious with aeration in the glass, showing more intensity and focus to go with the fine fruit. This is right in line with fine Vertentes in general and it should hold well in the cellar-although it is also approachable on the young side. Give it a year or two to settle in and then it depends on how you like them.

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Winery: Niepoort

Region: Douro

The Douro valley in Portugal has long been one of Europe's most important and unique wine regions, with a history which stretches back over two thousand years to when Pheonician tradesmen and settlers first began planting grapevines in the rich and fertile soil found there. The region itself is something of an ideal location for viticulture, with mineral rich soils and plenty of moisture from the river, alongside long, baking hot summers which help the grapes reach full ripeness. Wineries in the Douro utilize a wide range of grape varietals for their distinctive and characterful wines, including red varietals such as Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Cao, and delightful white varietals such as Gouveio and the increasingly popular Viosinho. However, it is for the fortified wines of Porto which Douro is most famous for, and these are widely considered to be amongst the finest fortified wines in the world.

Country: Portugal

Most of us are quick to associate Portugal primarily with the excellent fortified wines which come out of the Porto area, but there is much more to Portuguese viticulture than just this. Perhaps the most popular still wines the country produces are the varieties from the Vinho Verde region, which uses grapes that do not achieve high doses of sugar, meaning the wines are at their best when young and full of natural, springy fruit flavors The wines of the Douro region have undergone many transformations in their flavor and character over the centuries; once regarded as a bitter wine, the exporters experimented with fortifying the wine with brandy. After several centuries, vintners found a balance in the modern age which is at once reminiscent of Port wine, yet with the structure and character closer to other fine Portuguese wines. Thanks to the appellation system of Portugal and the strict laws governing wine production, Portuguese wines continue to maintain their reputation for quality and the distinctive characteristics they carry.