ColheitaColheita

Colheita Ports are Tawny Ports from a single vintage, aged in the traditional Port Wine pipes of 550l, for at least seven years before being bottled. The Colheita Port is wonderful on its own at the end of a meal or on a cold winter afternoon in front of an open fireplace.

Vinification

In this memorable year of the beginning of the 20th century, it snowed in the Douro region in February and March and the vines were one month delayed, in its cycle, when spring arrived. The weather warmed up in mid-April, but the temperatures only increased in late July, beginning of August, when temperatures reached 42 °C. In the 2nd half of August the weather cooled down and the rain fell for 10 days. During harvest it also rained on the 2nd half of September. The irregular weather of this year, with some high quality wines, was the key to a very careful selection of the wines and an aging process in barrels of 550 to 600l that took place over a long period in order to increase the concentration and overall qualities of this Colheita.

Tasting Notes

Despite of its age, this Colheita shows some depth in colour, with amber and green hints. The aroma takes us into an endless journey, with deep smoke aromas accompanied by dried fruit and roasted coffee notes. On the palate, shows notes of plum and dried fig with traces of vanilla, very delicate and elegant. The aftertaste is endless and exceptional. An unforgettable experience.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vale do Pinhão and Ferrão

Average Vine Age

Over 60 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Harvest Period

September/October

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Fermentation

Lagares (wine press tanks)/Foot treading

Bottled

1972

Ageing

Small old oak casks (550, 600l)

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

142.69

Alcohol (%)

22.11

Baumé

6.1

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

6.52

Food Suggestions

Dry fruits, dry nuts, almonds, raisins, peaches, apricots, etc. Desserts based on eggs, pies with dry fruits, coffee, vanilla. Slightly chilled it can also be used as aperitif.

Colheita Ports are Tawny Ports from a single vintage, aged in wood for at least seven years before being bottled. The wine is ready to drink and does not need to be decanted. This Port is wonderful on its own at the end of a meal, but usually is paired with dried fruit desserts such or with Crème caramel. As a starter the combination with foie gras is really nice.

Vinification

1968 was a good year in the vineyard, however the very heavy rain that fell just prior to the harvest marked the year; having said this, many Houses declared Colheitas including Niepoort. Perhaps this is where the secret of small, old, well seasoned oak casks come into their own and the Colheita gains concentration over many years of slow oxidative ageing in the cool cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia.

Tasting Notes

Superb brick red, green on the rim. Wonderfully dry citrous fruit hints, smoky flavours and orange peel in the nose. Impressive bottlesickness (bottle age), tight and concise. Dark orange chocolate, butterscotch on the palate. Rich and citrous acidity, elegant, very well structured with a fresh, firm concentration and great length. A superb wine.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vale do Pinhão and Ferrão

Average Vine Age

Over 60 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others

Vines per HA

6000

Harvest Period

September/October

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Fermentation

Lagares (wine press tanks)/Foot treading

Bottled

1990

Ageing

Small old oak casks

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

110.6

Alcohol (%)

21

Baumé

3.7

pH

3.65

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.4

Food Suggestions

Dry fruits, dry nuts, almonds, raisins, peaches, apricots, etc. Desserts based on eggs, pies with dry fruits, coffee, vanilla. Slightly chilled it can also be used as aperitif.

Colheita Ports are Tawny Ports from a single vintage, aged in wood for at least seven years before being bottled. The wine is ready to drink and does not need to be decanted. This Port is wonderful on its own at the end of a meal, but usually is paired with dried fruit desserts such or with Crème caramel. As a starter the combination with foie gras is really nice.

Vinification

A near perfect year in the vineyard, with good winter rainfall and a cold spell in March with fine weather from there on. Light rain in early September after a hot summer allowed full maturity by mid September. This is a great example of a Colheita which has further gained in concentration from long ageing in small old oak casks (550l).

Tasting Notes

Fabulous orange/brown colour, with tints of brown/olive oil. Green on the rim, wonderful smoky aroma, along with delicate aromas of dried fruits and old English marmalade; on the palate, very well structured with a fresh, firm concentration and great length. A superb wine.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vale do Pinhão and Ferrão

Average Vine Age

Over 60 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Harvest Period

September/October

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Fermentation

Lagares (wine press tanks)/Foot treading

Bottled

1985

Ageing

Small old oak casks

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

109.64

Alcohol (%)

20.5

Baumé

3.7

pH

3.7

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.05

Food Suggestions

Dry fruits, dry nuts, almonds, raisins, peaches, apricots, etc. Desserts based on eggs, pies with dry fruits, coffee, vanilla. Slightly chilled it can also be used as aperitif.

Colheita Ports are Tawny Ports from a single vintage, aged in wood for at least seven years before being bottled. The wine is ready to drink and does not need to be decanted. This Port is wonderful on its own at the end of a meal but usually is paired with dried fruit desserts or with Crème caramel. As a starter the combination with foie gras is really nice.

Vinification

A slightly irregular year, with a very hot summer, where a few parcels of superb wines were made. This is surely a great example of a Colheita which has further gained in concentration from long ageing in small old oak casks (550l), under the watchful eye of Niepoort Master Blender, José Nogueira, in the cellars at Vila Nova de Gaia.

Tasting Notes

Superb depth of colour for its age, with only a few hints of brown/orange on the rim, a slightly smoky aroma on the nose, along with delicate aromas of dried fruits; on the palate, very well structured with a fabulous concentration and great length - a wonderful wine.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vale do Pinhão and Ferrão

Average Vine Age

Over 60 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Harvest Period

September/October

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Fermentation

Lagares (wine press tanks)/Foot treading

Bottled

2004

Ageing

Small old oak casks

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

108.2

Alcohol (%)

20

Baumé

4.3

pH

3.66

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.82

Food Suggestions

Dry fruits, dry nuts, almonds, raisins, peaches, apricots, etc. Desserts based on eggs, pies with dry fruits, coffee, vanilla. Slightly chilled it can also be used as aperitif.

Colheita Ports are Tawny Ports from a single vintage, aged in wood for at least seven years before being bottled. The wine is ready to drink and does not need to be decanted. This Port is wonderful on its own at the end of a meal, but usually is paired with dried fruit desserts or with Crème caramel. As a starter the combination with foie gras is really nice.

Vinification

A year where some wonderfully elegant wines were made, but slightly overshadowed by the previous year 1977, when almost all shippers declared a Vintage and had reserves for Colheita as well. With nearly thirty years of age, the Colheita 1978 is a wonderful example of a wine which is still fresh and balanced, and has further gained in concentration from long ageing in small old oak casks (550l), under the watchful eye of Niepoort Master Blender, José Nogueira, in the cellars at Vila Nova de Gaia.

Tasting Notes

Brown rim with wonderful depth of colour and a few tinges of brick red colour still evident.Enticing spirity aroma,with well integrated aromas of marmalade and dried tangerine peel. On the palate, initially very soft and elegant leading to a great middle palate of dried raisins, marmalade and crystallized orange peel and finally ending in a very firm spirity finish.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vale do Pinhão and Ferrão

Average Vine Age

Over 60 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Harvest Period

September/October

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Fermentation

Lagares (wine press tanks)/Foot treading

Bottled

1999

Ageing

Small old oak casks

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

121

Alcohol (%)

20

Baumé

4.5

pH

3.71

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.4

Food Suggestions

Dry fruits, dry nuts, almonds, raisins, peaches, apricots, etc. Desserts based on eggs, pies with dry fruits, coffee, vanilla. Slightly chilled it can also be used as aperitif.

Colheita Ports are Tawny Ports from a single vintage/harvest, aged in wood for at least seven years before being bottled. The wine is ready to drink and does not need to be decanted. This Port is wonderful on its own at the end of a meal but usually Colheita Port is paired with dried fruit desserts or Crème caramel. As a starter, the combination with foie gras is really nice.

Vinification

1979 was by no means a remarkable year, however at Niepoort we managed to put aside a few small parcels of elegant wines and with prolonged ageing and the effect of concentration through natural evaporation in small old oak casks (550l), the Colheita 1979 has really come into its own now. With over thirty years of age the wine is still very much alive and although very much dominated by aged characters it is still very fresh on the palate thanks to our cool/humid cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia where it aged over so many years.

Tasting Notes

Classic orange/brown appearance with hints of olive oil green on the rim – a characteristic of long ageing in old oak casks. Initially slightly smoky on the aroma with some notes of roasted coffee and orange peel. Initially on the palate, one notices the fantastic balance between freshness on the one hand and age on the other, the middle palate is amazing - dominated with spirit dried citrus fruit and very robust, leading on to a long mellow spirit finish.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vale do Pinhão and Ferrão

Average Vine Age

Over 60 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Harvest Period

September/October

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Fermentation

Lagares (wine press tanks)/Foot treading

Bottled

Various

Ageing

Small old oak casks (550l)

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

114.9

Alcohol (%)

20

Baumé

4.1

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.71

Food Suggestions

Dry fruits, dry nuts, almonds, raisins, peaches, apricots, etc. Desserts based on eggs, pies with dry fruits, coffee, vanilla. Slightly chilled it can also be used as aperitif.

Colheita Ports are Tawny Ports from a single vintage, aged in wood for at least seven years before being bottled. The Colheita Port is wonderful on its own at the end of a meal or on a cold winter afternoon in front of an open fireplace.

Vinification

In 1980, some very attractive, fresh wines were made with a small parcel of wine being put aside for Colheita and aged for several years in small old oak casks (550l), under the watchful eye of Master Blender José Nogueira in the cellars at Vila Nova de Gaia.

Tasting Notes

Brown appearance with hints of orange. Apart from some nutty characters and spirit, the aroma is relatively subdued, but it most certainly comes to life on the palate with a voluptuous silky front palate, following through to a very bold structure and mellow spirity finish.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vinha da Pisca, Vale do Pinhão and Ferrão

Average Vine Age

Over 70 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Harvest Period

September/October

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Fermentation

Lagares (wine press tanks)/Foot treading

Bottled

2005

Ageing

Small old oak casks

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

109.5

Alcohol (%)

20

Baumé

4

pH

3.65

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.35

Food Suggestions

Dry fruits, dry nuts, almonds, raisins, peaches, apricots, etc. Desserts based on eggs, pies with dry fruits, coffee, vanilla. Slightly chilled it can also be used as aperitif.

Colheita Ports are Tawny Ports from a single vintage, aged in wood for at least seven years before being bottled. The Colheita Port is wonderful on its own at the end of a meal or on a cold winter afternoon in front of an open fireplace.

Vinification

Following a very long cold winter and a relatively cool spring and early summer, it was only in September that the weather really picked up and fruit achieved full ripeness, so Vintage generally started late with some full bodied wines being made. Since then, a period of long ageing in small old oak casks (550l) in our cellars, under the watchful eye of the Niepoort Master Blender, José Nogueira, in the cellars at Vila Nova de Gaia, has produced this wonderful wine.

Tasting Notes

Tawny/brown with light brown rim, on the aroma very fresh with hints of dried tangerine peel. On the palate, shows great structure and freshness for a wine of such age with a long spirity finish.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vinha da Pisca, Vale do Pinhão and Ferrão

Average Vine Age

Over 70 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Harvest Period

September/October

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Fermentation

Lagares (wine press tanks)/Foot treading

Bottled

2005

Ageing

Small old oak casks

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

116.9

Alcohol (%)

20

Baumé

4.1

pH

3.72

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.72

Food Suggestions

Dry fruits, dry nuts, almonds, raisins, peaches, apricots, etc. Desserts based on eggs, pies with dry fruits, coffee, vanilla. Slightly chilled it can also be used as aperitif.

Colheita Ports are Tawny Ports from a single vintage, aged in wood for at least seven years before being bottled. The Colheita Port is wonderful on its own at the end of a meal or on a cold winter afternoon in front of an open fireplace.

Vinification

Despite an unsettled Spring and early Summer, the flowering in the vineyard was good and the months of July and August were dry and hot. The good weather did not continue during the harvest, however those who picked early avoided the worst of the rain. Sandwiched between the famous 1983 and 85, the Colheita 1984 is somewhat underated. As with all Colheitas the wine really made itself with long period of ageing in small old oak casks (550l), under the watchful eye of the Niepoort Master Blender, José Nogueira, in the cellars at Vila Nova de Gaia.

Tasting Notes

Brown/orange in colour with tinges of brick red and a brown rim; on the aroma, hints of smokey dried stone fruits which are all very subdued and refined along with a very vinous character. The palate is a wonderful example of freshness, with a well defined/persistant structure, which leads through to a lengthy spirity finish.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vale do Pinhão and Ferrão

Average Vine Age

Over 60 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Harvest Period

September/October

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Fermentation

Lagares (wine press tanks)/Foot treading

Ageing

Small old oak casks

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

130.2

Alcohol (%)

20.5

Baumé

4.7

pH

3.69

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.72

Food Suggestions

Dry fruits, dry nuts, almonds, raisins, peaches, apricots, etc. Desserts based on eggs, pies with dry fruits, coffee, vanilla. Slightly chilled it can also be used as aperitif.

Colheita Ports are Tawny Ports from a single vintage, aged in wood for at least seven years before being bottled. The Colheita Port is wonderful on its own at the end of a meal or on a cold winter afternoon in front of an open fireplace.

Vinification

Although the weather was somewhat uncertain with a very hot dry summer followed by rain in September, most of the harvest was carried out under fine conditions and good wines were made. As with all Colheitas, the wine really made itself with long period of ageing in small old oak casks (550l) under the watchful eye of the Niepoort Master Blender, José Nogueira, in the cellars at Vila Nova de Gaia.

Tasting Notes

Tawny/brown in colour with vivacious hints of orange; on the aroma, hints of caramelized marmalade which are all very subdued and refined. The palate is a wonderful example of freshness, definition which leads through to a lengthy spirity finish.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vale do Pinhão and Ferrão

Average Vine Age

Over 60 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Harvest Period

September/October

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Fermentation

Lagares (wine press tanks)/Foot treading

Bottled

2005

Ageing

Small old oak casks

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

106.7

Alcohol (%)

20

Baumé

3.6

pH

3.67

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.35

Food Suggestions

Dry fruits, dry nuts, almonds, raisins, peaches, apricots, etc. Desserts based on eggs, pies with dry fruits, coffee, vanilla. Slightly chilled it can also be used as aperitif.

Colheita Ports are Tawny Ports from a single vintage, aged in wood for at least seven years before being bottled. The wine is ready to drink and does not need to be decanted. This Port is wonderful on its own at the end of a meal but usually is paired with dried fruits desserts or with Crème caramel. As a starter the combination with foie gras is really nice.

Vinification

Following a hot dry summer, grapes were in good condition at the time of harvest, if somewhat on the ripe side. Some dense colored wines were made, ideal for a long period of ageing in small old oak casks (550l), under the watchful eye of Niepoort Master Blender José Nogueira in the cellars at Vila Nova de Gaia.

Tasting Notes

Classic Tawny colour with a few hints of brown/orange on the rim, a very refined aroma of crystallized tangerine peel and a subdued nutty character. Very smooth on the palate with nutty character evident along with a long spirity finish.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vale do Pinhão and Ferrão

Average Vine Age

Over 60 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Harvest Period

September/October

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Fermentation

Lagares (wine press tanks)/Foot treading

Bottled

2005

Ageing

Small old oak casks

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

119.8

Alcohol (%)

20

Baumé

4.5

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.17

Food Suggestions

Dry fruits, dry nuts, almonds, raisins, peaches, apricots, etc. Desserts based on eggs, pies with dry fruits, coffee, vanilla. Slightly chilled it can also be used as aperitif.

Colheita Ports are Tawny Ports from a single vintage, aged in wood for at least seven years before being bottled. The Colheita Port is wonderfull on its own at the end of a meal or on a cold winter afternoon in front of an open fireplace…

Vinification

1988 was a very complicated agricultural year with poor weather during the spring and early summer but very hot weather in early September. At the time of harvest, yields were low and wines were somewhat unbalanced, however with careful selection and ageing in small old oak casks (550l), under the watchful eye of Niepoort Master Blender, José Nogueira, in the cellars at Vila Nova de Gaia, the result is a wonderfully elegant wine.

Tasting Notes

A few hints of brick red but overall quite brown/orange in colour. A wonderfully delicate aroma of dried fruits and a touch of crystallized tangerine peel and slight nutty character. On the palate, very elegant with an all envolving silky texture with fruit coming through and leading to a soft spirity finish. A wine exhibiting superb elegance and balance.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vale do Pinhão and Ferrão

Average Vine Age

Over 60 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Harvest Period

September/October

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Fermentation

Lagares (wine press tanks)/Foot treading

Bottled

2004

Ageing

Small old oak casks

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

109.1

Alcohol (%)

20

Baumé

3.9

pH

3.84

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

3.75

Food Suggestions

Dry fruits, dry nuts, almonds, raisins, peaches, apricots, etc. Desserts based on eggs, pies with dry fruits, coffee, vanilla. Slightly chilled it can also be used as aperitif.

Colheita Ports are Tawny Ports from a single vintage, aged in wood for at least seven years before being bottled. The Colheita Port is wonderful on its own at the end of a meal or on a cold winter afternoon in front of an open fireplace. The 1990s were an exceptional decade for Vintage Ports, with 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1997 all producing outstanding wines.

Vinification

Winter rainfall was below average, with flowering and fruit set being achieved under ideal weather conditions and it was obvious that an average size crop could be expected, unlike the large 1990 harvest. The Summer was extremely hot, with average temperatures during August reaching 35,8 °C in the Cima Corgo. No rain fell in August and by the end of the month vine stress was evident. In early September the heat continued and only the onset of cooler nights and light rain on 10th and 11th September allowed grape maturity to go to completion. In general the juice to skin ratio was low giving well structured wines with very good colour and aroma in the fermenting musts.

Tasting Notes

In the colour red and amber. Very intensive bouquet of drying fruits with nut flavours. In the palate elegant, with finesse. Flavours of dried plums and nuts. Beautiful balance.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vale do Pinhão and Ferrão

Average Vine Age

Over 60 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Harvest Period

September/October

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Fermentation

Lagares (wine press tanks)/Foot treading

Bottled

2005

Ageing

Small old oak casks

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

104.4

Alcohol (%)

20

Baumé

3.6

pH

3.87

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

3.51

Food Suggestions

Dry fruits, dry nuts, almonds, raisins, peaches, apricots, etc. Desserts based on eggs, pies with dry fruits, coffee, vanilla. Slightly chilled it can also be used as aperitif.

Colheita Ports are Tawny Ports from a single Vintage, aged in wood for at least seven years before being bottled. The Colheita Port is wonderful on its own at the end of a meal or on a cold winter afternoon in front of an open fireplace. The 1990s were an exceptional decade for Vintage Ports, with 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1997 all producing outstanding wines.

Vinification

Following a very rainy Winter, the 1994 agricultural year was practically perfect; producing a small crop of ripe concentrated grapes. The juice to skin ratio was balanced giving well structured wines with very good colour and aroma in the fermenting musts.

Tasting Notes

Red in appearance with good depth of colour, retaining the freshness of a great 1994, with the aroma and palate well integrated with a light rancio character from ageing in small wooden casks. Very balanced with notes of dried fruits along with a spirity finish.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vale do Pinhão and Ferrão

Average Vine Age

Over 60 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Harvest Period

September/October

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Fermentation

Lagares (wine press tanks)/Foot treading

Bottled

2005

Ageing

Small old oak casks

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

102.3

Alcohol (%)

20

Baumé

3.8

pH

3.6

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.6

Food Suggestions

Dry fruits, dry nuts, almonds, raisins, peaches, apricots, etc. Desserts based on eggs, pies with dry fruits, coffee, vanilla. Slightly chilled it can also be used as aperitif.

Colheita Ports are Tawny Ports from a single vintage, aged in wood for at least seven years before being bottled. The Colheita Port is wonderful on its own at the end of a meal or on a cold winter afternoon in front of an open fireplace.

Vinification

Following on from the exceptional wines made in 1994, 1995, in its early stages was slightly overshadowed; however wines with great character,fruit and concentration were made following a warm Summer and exceptionally hot August. In the Spring of 1996 a few parcels of wine which make up the blend of 1995 Colheita were transported to our cool cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia and aged in small old oak casks under the watchful eye of Niepoort Master Blender, José Nogueira.

Tasting Notes

Brick red colour with some orange/brown hues and solid depth of colour. Delightful vinous aroma well integrated with aroma of dried fruits. On the palate, shows great freshness along with subdued dried apricots and figs, leading to a lengthy spirity finish.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vale do Pinhão and Ferrão

Average Vine Age

Over 60 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Harvest Period

September/October

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Fermentation

Lagares (wine press tanks)/Foot treading

Bottled

2006

Ageing

Small old oak casks

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

101.9

Alcohol (%)

20

Baumé

3.4

pH

3.87

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

3.75

Food Suggestions

Dry fruits, dry nuts, almonds, raisins, peaches, apricots, etc. Desserts based on eggs, pies with dry fruits, coffee, vanilla. Slightly chilled it can also be used as aperitif.

Colheita Ports are Tawny Ports from a single harvest aged in wood for at least seven years before being bottled. The Colheita Port is wonderful on its own at the end of a meal or on a cold winter afternoon in front of an open fireplace.

Vinification

Following the great wines of 1997, Colheita 98 shows great character, fruit and concentration (after a summer with a specially hot August). The wine used in Colheita’s 98 blending ages in the cellars at Vila Nova de Gaia, in small oak casks under the watchful eye of Niepoort Master Blender, José Nogueira.

Tasting Notes

Brick red colour with some orange/brown hues and solid depth of colour. Delightful vinous

aroma, well integrated with aroma of dried fruits. On the palate, shows great freshness along with subdued dried apricots and figs, leading to a lengthy spirity finish.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vale do Pinhão and Ferrão

Average Vine Age

Over 60 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Harvest Period

September/October

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Fermentation

Lagares (wine press tanks)/Foot treading

Bottled

2007

Ageing

Small old oak casks (550, 600l)

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

117.7

Alcohol (%)

20

Baumé

4.1

pH

3.66

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.19

Food Suggestions

Dry fruits, dry nuts, almonds, raisins, peaches, apricots, etc. Desserts based on eggs, pies with dry fruits, coffee, vanilla. Slightly chilled it can also be used as aperitif.

Colheita Ports are Tawny Ports from a single vintage, aged in wood for at least seven years before being bottled. The Colheita Port is wonderful on its own at the end of a meal or on a cold winter afternoon in front of an open fireplace.

Vinification

The agricultural year preceding the 1999 harvest was marked by very low winter rainfall and a very dry, hot summer. By early September the grapes were clearly suffering from the lack of rain during the year, luckily the best vineyards were already harvested when torrential rain fell in the Douro in the latter part of September.

As with all Colheita´s the wine really made itself with a long period of ageing in small old oak casks (550l) under the watchful eye of the Niepoort Master Blender, José Nogueira, in the cellars at Vila Nova de Gaia.

Tasting Notes

Brick red appearance with tinges of brick red and brown on the rim; aroma of mellow old wood with a touch of dried apricots and subdued toffee. The Colheita 1999 shows its age on the front palate but follows through with great freshness and acidity, with a well defined/persistent structure, which leads through to a lengthy spirity finish.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vale do Pinhão and Ferrão

Average Vine Age

Over 60 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Harvest Period

September/October

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Fermentation

Lagares (wine press tanks)/Foot treading

Ageing

Small old oak casks

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

119.1

Alcohol (%)

20.5

Baumé

4.2

pH

3.54

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.62

Food Suggestions

Dry fruits, dry nuts, almonds, raisins, peaches, apricots, etc. Desserts based on eggs, pies with dry fruits, coffee, vanilla. Slightly chilled it can also be used as aperitif.

Colheita Ports are Tawny Ports from a single vintage, aged in wood for at least seven years before being bottled. The Colheita Port is wonderfull on its own at the end of a meal or on a cold winter afternoon in front of an open fireplace…

Vinification

The grapes were trodden in lagares at Vale de Mendiz winery and the ageing took place in Vila Nova de Gaia cellars, in 550 liters pipes. The 2000 harvest gave birth to great wines, dense and tannic, though fine and elegant, with the vineyards exposed to North, which gave them great freshness and acidity. At Niepoort, Colheitas are bottled, at least with 10 years of ageing, but this Colheita 2000 deserved some more years in order to achieve the perfect balance in its evolution, which the Master Blender considered to have happened in 2014. For this reason, we started to bottle the wine the very same year.

Tasting Notes

Red color, with brick red reflections and brown rim, it shows great aromatic concentration with dried fruit notes, crystalised fruits, with plum and apricot hints. It also shows a slightly smoked and caramelized feel. In the mouth, is rich and complex, with fruit and fine spices notes, with a quite vivid acidity which contributes to a long and pleasant finish.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vale do Pinhão and Ferrão

Average Vine Age

Over 60 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Harvest Period

September/October

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Fermentation

Lagares (wine press tanks)/Foot treading

Bottled

April 2014

Ageing

More than 50 years old pipes (500, 600 liters)

Dry Extract

129.3

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

99.2

Alcohol (%)

20.5

Baumé

3.5

pH

3.52

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.41

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.33

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

47

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

1.0228

Food Suggestions

Dried nuts, dried fruits such as raisins, peaches, apricots, etc. Desserts based on eggs, pies with dried fruits, coffee, vanilla. Slightly chilled it can also be served as an aperitif.

Colheita Ports are Tawny Ports from a single harvest aged in wood for at least seven years before being bottled. The Colheita Port is wonderful on its own at the end of a meal or on a cold winter afternoon in front of an open fire.

Vinification

Although initially rather overshadowed by 2000, some fabulous parcels of wine, which were put aside following the harvest, have developed, with time, into very elegant and appealing wines from which the Colheita 2001 was made. The grapes were trodden in lagares and later the Port was matured in small old oak casks at our lodge in Gaia until 2010. The extended ageing in small old oak casks imparts a wonderful brick red/brown appearance in the wine with great concentration and a unique flavour.

Tasting Notes

Wonderful brick red/brown colour. Delightful vinous aroma, well integrated with dried fruits

aromas. A unique flavour reminiscent of dried prunes and apricots on the palate, leading to an elegant spirity finish.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vale do Pinhão and Ferrão

Average Vine Age

Over 60 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Harvest Period

September/October

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Fermentation

Lagares (wine press tanks)/Foot treading

Bottled

2010

Ageing

Small old oak casks (550, 600l)

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

111.9

Alcohol (%)

20

Baumé

3.8

pH

3.55

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.53

Food Suggestions

Dry fruits, dry nuts, almonds, raisins, peaches, apricots, etc. Desserts based on eggs, pies with dry fruits, coffee, vanilla. Slightly chilled, it can also be used as aperitif.

Colheita Ports are Tawny Ports from a single harvest aged in wood for at least seven years before being bottled. Colheita Port is wonderful on its own at the end of a meal or on a cold winter afternoon in front of an open fire.

Vinification

The grapes were trodden in "lagares" at Vale de Mendiz and later the Port was matured in small old oak casks at the lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia. In the end of the 2005 harvest, the following comment was made, “Some very fine, elegant Port wines have been made with a lot of personality, especially those sourced from cooler north facing vineyards on higher ground exhibiting great freshness”. Niepoort Colheitas are bottled with at least 10 years of ageing in small old oak casks; but since the Colheita 2005 was showing so well in early 2013, it was decided to start bottling it earlier so as to capture the wonderful freshness and personality in the wine.

Tasting Notes

Superb brick red/brown appearance with medium depth of colour. Very clean fresh aroma with a subdued spicy character and a hint of dried fruits. Refreshing seductive flavours on the palate with dried fruits and a lingering nutty velvety finish on the palate.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vale do Pinhão and Ferrão

Average Vine Age

Over 60 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Harvest Period

September/October

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Fermentation

Lagares (wine press tanks)/Foot treading

Bottled

March 2013

Ageing

Small old oak casks (550, 600l)

Dry Extract

136

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

113

Alcohol (%)

20

Baumé

3.9

pH

3.6

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.36

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.33

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

37

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

1

Food Suggestions

Dried nuts, dried fruits such as raisins, peaches, apricots, etc. Desserts based on eggs, pies with dried fruits, coffee, vanilla. Slightly chilled it can also be served as an aperitif.
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