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Niepoort wine can bring together even greatest enemies - Latvian hero Lāčplēsis cheering with ferocious oponent Black Knight!

The label for „Lāčplēša edition” was created by the Latvian cartoonist Gatis Šļūka, born in 1979. Gatis received the Master’s degree in graphic fine art in 2005 and today is known for his comics and caricatures in several magazines and journals.

Vinification

2010 was uncommonly wet during winter and early spring, with heavy rains during these months. As a consequence there was a high pressure on the vineyard diseases together with higher yields. The maturation period was very hot and dry, but fortunately, light rain in the first days of September as well as the amount of grapes in the vineyards contributed to a balanced maturation process.

The fermentation occurred in stainless still vats, with 8 to 15 days of total skin contact. Only 25% of the wine aged in used French oak barrels and in bigger old wood containers of 3500 L and 500 L during 14 months.

Tasting Notes

Ruby color, with plenty of red fruit and tea leaf aromas. Spicy character with strong pepper notes and a typical mineral aroma of slate soil. Very fresh on the palate with a good length, good structure and well integrated tannins. Great vivacity that enhances the fresh fruit flavors and extends the after taste.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Several

Average Vine Age

10 to 40 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela and others

Vines per HA

4000

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

100-500

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Barrels and stainless steel vats

Fermentation

Stainless steel vats

Bottled

April 2012

Ageing

14 months in French oak barrels and big old wood deposits (25%), stainless steel (75%)

Dry Extract

27.4

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

2.2

Alcohol (%)

13

pH

3.7

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.9

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.6

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

34

Production

50.000 bottles

Niepoort wine can bring together even greatest enemies - Latvian hero Lāčplēsis cheering with ferocious oponent Black Knight!

The label for „Lāčplēša edition” was created by the Latvian cartoonist Gatis Šļūka, born in 1979. Gatis received the Master’s degree in graphic fine art in 2005 and today is known for his comics and caricatures in several magazines and journals.

Vinification

The agricultural year in 2011 will be remembered for relatively low precipitation during the winter and an unusually early bud burst in March along with the sudden extreme heat in June which literally led to burnt clusters in exposed and early varieties such as Tinta Barroca. Although July and the end of August was relatively cool with some light precipitation in the final days of August and the first few days of September; as of mid September (when picking was well under way) temperatures picked up,luckily higher planted vineyards (the predominant source of fruit for Dialogo ) experienced a slower more even maturation, avoiding the problems of overripe fruit.

The fermentation occurred in stainless steel vats, with 8 to 15 days of total skin contact and 10% of the wine was aged in 225 L used French oak barrels for 18 months.

Tasting Notes

Brick red colour with a lively blue rim,delicate resinous aroma with balsamic notes. A refreshing minerality dominates the palate with hints of spice leading to a firm finish, overall the wine is dominated by freshness and acidity and integration.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Several

Average Vine Age

10 to 40 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela and others

Vines per HA

4000

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

100-500

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Barrels and stainless steel vats

Fermentation

Stainless steel vats

Bottled

April 2013

Ageing

18 months in 225 L used French oak barrels (10%) and the rest in stainless steel.

Dry Extract

30.5

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

0.8

Alcohol (%)

13.5

pH

3.69

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.2

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.6

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

26

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

74

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.9919

Food Suggestions

White meats. Vegetarian suggestions: noodles, pasta dishes.

Niepoort wine can bring together even greatest enemies - Latvian hero Lāčplēsis cheering with ferocious oponent Black Knight!

The label for „Lāčplēša edition” was created by the Latvian cartoonist Gatis Šļūka, born in 1979. Gatis received the Master’s degree in graphic fine art in 2005 and today is known for his comics and caricatures in several magazines and journals.

Vinification

The 2013 harvest began on August 19, earlier than usual, in order to maintain the high levels of acidity and avoid high alcoholic degrees. The year was more productive, about 25% when compared to the previous year. The decision to start harvest earlier turned out to be wise, since the main vineyards had already been harvested before it started raining intensely on September 27.

The grapes were picked at optimum ripeness, with high acidity contents and balanced sugar levels; after selection, the stalk was total. The fermentation took place in stainless steel vats with 8-15 days of skin maceration. 15% of the wine was aged in French oak used barrels for 12 months.

Tasting Notes

Very vivid ruby color, of medium concentration. Vibrant in the nose, scented with a fresh and very expressive aroma in the wild fruit notes. Spices and tea leaves harmoniously linked with a balsamic profile, originate a complex and captivating aroma. In the mouth, more elegant than the previous edition, has a markedly mineral profile. With a good mouth volume, young, with good acidity and soft tannins, is a feel like tasting wine, without being heavy thanks to its balance. Long finish, with a very refreshing mineral flavor.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Several

Average Vine Age

10 to 40 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela and others

Vines per HA

4000

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

100-400

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Barrels and stainless steel vats

Fermentation

Stainless steel vats

Bottled

September 2014

Ageing

12 months in French oak barrels (20%) and stainless steel vats (80%)

Dry Extract

28.7

Alcohol (%)

13

pH

3.72

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.7

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.6

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

28

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

69

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.9921

Food Suggestions

White meats. Vegetarian suggestions: noodles, pasta dishes.

Niepoort wine can bring together even greatest enemies - Latvian hero Lāčplēsis cheering with ferocious oponent Black Knight!

The label for „Lāčplēša edition” was created by the Latvian cartoonist Gatis Šļūka, born in 1979. Gatis received the Master’s degree in graphic fine art in 2005 and today is known for his comics and caricatures in several magazines and journals.

Vinification

The 2014 harvest was slightly lower in production but certainly made up for it in quality. Harvest began in early September, in order to maintain the high levels of acidity, balance and freshness in the wines. As in the previous year, the early start avoided rain later in the month and overripe fruit in some more exposed vineyards.

The grapes were picked at optimum ripeness, with high acidity contents and balanced sugar levels. After selection, the fruit was 100% destemmed and the fermentation took place in stainless steel vats with 8 to 15 days of skin maceration. 15% of the wine was aged in used French oak barrels for 12 months.

Tasting Notes

Medium red colour, expressive on the aroma with some floral undertones and aromas of dark fruits of the forest, dominated by a fresh, spicy, balsamic profile. On the palate, it is more elegant than the previous edition, with a markedly mineral profile. With a superb drinkability owing to its balance and elegance, this wine very much exhibits the uncomplicated style that we set out to achieve.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Several

Average Vine Age

10 to 40 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela and others

Vines per HA

4000

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

100-500

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Barrels and stainless steel vats

Fermentation

Stainless steel vats

Ageing

12 months in French oak barrels (20%) and stainless steel vats (80%)

Dry Extract

26.8

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

0.6

Alcohol (%)

13

pH

3.63

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.7

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.7

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

28

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

73

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.9924

Food Suggestions

White meats. Vegetarian suggestions: noodles, pasta dishes.