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UBUNTU!! A special edition to celebrate the World Cup in South Africa! The artist Leonora van Staden, from Stellenbosh, drew this amusing label showing animals playing a great football match! Ubuntu is an ethic or humanist philosophy focusing on people's loyalties and relationships. The word has its origin in the Bantu languages of southern Africa and is seen as a classical African concept.

Dirk, a football fan, explains the concept and the relation with football: “In football, as in life, the concept stands for "humanity" and "public spirit" but also for the belief in a universal band of sharing.”

Vinification

2007 was an amazing year for the Douro region, with good amount of rainfall during the year and cool temperatures during the maturation season, it gave us very elegant wines but with high concentration level due to the low yields all over Douro. The wines were fermented in stainless steel vats with 10 to 15 days of skin contact, only 20% was aged in French oak barrels.

Tasting Notes

It is a dark ruby wine with an intense red fruit aroma and spicy character. On the palate it is

young, dense, with appealing freshness and juicy tannins, good acidity and attractive structure.

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, Tinta Barroca

Vines per HA

4000

Pruning Method

Guyot

Alt. from Sea Level

100-400 m

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Cask and stainless steel

Fermentation

Stainless steel vats

Bottled

March 2009

Ageing

12 months in french oak casks (20%) Stainless steel (80%)

Dry Extract

28.7

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

2.4

Alcohol (%)

13

pH

3.65

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.96

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.48

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

28

Production

6.000 bottles

Food Suggestions

White meats. Vegetarian Suggestions: Noodles, pasta dishes.

UBUNTU!! A special edition to celebrate the World Cup in South Africa! The artist Leonora van Staden, from Stellenbosh, drew this amusing label showing animals playing a great football match! Ubuntu is an ethic or humanist philosophy focusing on people's loyalties and relationships. The word has its origin in the Bantu languages of southern Africa and is seen as a classical African concept.

Dirk, a football fan, explains the concept and the relation with football: “In football, as in life, the concept stands for "humanity" and "public spirit" but also for the belief in a universal band of sharing.”

Vinification

2008 was an unusual fresh and damp year, for Douro region standards. As a result we had a slow and very balanced maturation process in the vineyards, with very good weather during harvest and ideal conditions to produce fantastic Douro wines. Grapes were picked during September and beginning of October, fermentation occurred in stainless steel vats with maceration periods between 8 to 15 days. Only 20% of the wine aged during 12 months in used French oak barrels.

Tasting Notes

This is a dark ruby wine, with intense red fruit and spicy aromas, along with a schist stony character. On the palate is vibrant and appealing, with juicy tannins and very good acidity that provides long lasting aftertaste.

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 Tinto Cão

Vines per HA

4000

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

100-500 m

Harvest Period

September and October

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Cask and stainless steel

Fermentation

Stainless steel vats

Bottled

May 2010

Ageing

12 months in French oak casks (20%) Stainless steel (80%)

Dry Extract

27.4

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

2.4

Alcohol (%)

13

pH

3.65

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.05

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.53

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

25

Production

12.000 bottles

Food Suggestions

White meats. Vegetarian Suggestions: Noodles, pasta dishes.

UBUNTU!! A special edition to celebrate the World Cup in South Africa! The artist Leonora van Staden, from Stellenbosh, drew this amusing label showing animals playing a great football match! Ubuntu is an ethic or humanist philosophy focusing on people's loyalties and relationships. The word has its origin in the Bantu languages of southern Africa and is seen as a classical African concept.

Dirk, a football fan, explains the concept and the relation with football: “In football, as in life, the concept stands for "humanity" and "public spirit" but also for the belief in a universal band of sharing.”

Vinification

2009 was a very fresh year until the beginning of August. A good amount of water in the soil and a cold weather, unusual in the Douro Valley, was leading us to a long maturation season. But incredible high temperatures from 12th of August onwards, resulted in a very fast maturation process all over the region without any shrivel berry. Harvest started earlier, in the beginning of September.

The fermentation occurred in stainless still vats, with 8 to 15 days of total skin contact. Only 20% of the wine aged in used French oak barrels.

Tasting Notes

The color is darker than the previous year and reveals intense red and black fruit aromas with spicy and wet stone notes. On the palate the wine is rich but fresh with soft tannins and an excellent acidity providing a long lasting 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, Tinto Cão and others

Vines per HA

4000

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

100-500 m

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Cask and stainless steel

Fermentation

Stainless steel vats

Bottled

May 2011

Ageing

12 months in french oak casks (20%) Stainless steel (80%)

Dry Extract

28.9

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

2.2

Alcohol (%)

13.5

pH

3.66

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.06

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.57

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

35

Production

300 000 bottles

Food Suggestions

White meats. Vegetarian Suggestions: Noodles, pasta dishes.
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