Conversa BrancoConversa Branco

A wine made for the enjoyment of good food, which pursues harmony and balance for every day and not only for special moments. A desirable wine; with a good tannin structure and Douro character, enchants for its youth and freshness! Conversa label was created and designed by the Brasilian cartoonist, Carlinhos Muller.

Vinification

2012 was marked by a lack of rain in the Douro region. As a consequence, the growth cycle of the vines began, on average, 15 days later than in previous years. On the other hand, winter 2012 also had very low temperatures, allowing a suitable and balanced growth of the vegetation. The maturation period was cooler than usual, giving a good balance in the total acidity of the musts.

The grapes were harvested in early September. After a strict selection process on the sorting table, they were pressed slowly. The must was allowed to stand for 24 hours without skin maceration, and this was followed by a slow fermentation for 9 months, without batonnage.

Tasting Notes

The 2012 White has a vivid and crystal clear citrine colour. The nose is mineral, with a pronounced character of very cool white fruit aromas.

In the mouth, it starts fresh, balanced and complex. The aromas are of pure white fruit, combined with smoky notes that emphasise the authenticity of this wine. It has a long finish, ending with a saltiness that is typical of the terroir.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Mica-Schist

Vineyards

Several

Average Vine Age

20 to 50 years old

Grape Varieties

Rabigato, Códega do Larinho, Gouveio, Dona Branca, Viosinho, Bical and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Altitude (m)

550-700

Harvest Period

August/September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

None

Fermentation

Stainless steel vats (75%) and French oak barrels (25%)

Bottled

May 2013

Ageing

Stainless steel vats and French oak barrels

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

19

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

3.1

Alcohol (%)

13

pH

3.38

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.7

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.5

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

20

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

62

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.9882

Food Suggestions

Grilled and baked fish, pasta with seafood, white meat.

A wine made for the enjoyment of good food, which pursues harmony and balance for every day and not only for special moments. A desirable wine; with a good tannin structure and Douro character, enchants for its youth and freshness! Conversa label was created and designed by the Brasilian cartoonist, Carlinhos Muller.

Vinification

The viticultural year of 2014 at Quinta de Nápoles was characterised as a year of lower quantity but higher quality. Everything indicated an early year, due to the large amount of water accumulated during the winter and spring. The maturation phase occurred early and allowed the beginning of the harvest in August. At Quinta de Nápoles most parcels were harvested over a period of good weather between 23 August and 21 September.

The grapes, from vines located at altitude on the right bank of the Douro, were transported at night in a refrigerated truck. After careful selection on arrival at the winery, they were gently pressed at a low temperature to avoid oxidation and extraction of gross lees.

After natural decantation for around 24 hours, 10% of the must was fermented in French oak barrels and the remainder in stainless steel vats for eight months, with its indigenous yeasts. The wine was bottled in May 2015.

Tasting Notes

The 2014 vintage shows the fresh and balanced character of the viticultural year. Fresh and delicate aroma, decidedly mineral. Good notes of fresh fruit, citrus and some exotic fruit. On the palate, it is appellative and very elegant , with good acidity, fresh and refreshing. The finish leaves good citric and mineral notes. A very balanced white, with presence but not too strong. Perfect for a wide range of occasions.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Mica-Schist

Vineyards

Several

Average Vine Age

20 to 50 years old

Grape Varieties

Rabigato, Códega do Larinho, Gouveio, Dona Branca, Viosinho, Bical and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Altitude (m)

550-700

Harvest Period

August/September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

None

Fermentation

Stainless steel vats (75%) and French oak barrels (25%)

Bottled

May 2015

Ageing

Stainless steel vats and French oak barrels

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

17.2

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

1.1

Alcohol (%)

12.5

pH

3.3

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.8

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.4

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

23

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

87

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.9885

Food Suggestions

Grilled and baked fish, pasta with seafood, white meat.

A wine made for the enjoyment of good food, which pursues harmony and balance for every day and not only for special moments. A desirable wine; with a good tannin structure and Douro character, enchants for its youth and freshness! Conversa label was created and designed by the Brasilian cartoonist, Carlinhos Muller.

Vinification

The weather conditions of the viticultural year 2015 were very favourable, with sun, a warm temperature and low humidity, allowing a homogeneous vegetative growth. One of the particular features of this viticultural year was the vineyard ability to remain hydrated during ripening. In late August, early September, the basal leaves still remained green and moist, with hydrated berries and a thick, firm skin. The balance of the musts, the softness of the tannins, and the intense colour concentration indicate that this is an exceptional year.

The grapes were transported at night in a refrigerated truck, and after careful selection on arrival at the winery, they were gently pressed at a low temperature to avoid oxidation and extraction of gross lees.

After natural decantation for around 24 hours, 15% of the must was fermented in French oak barrels and the remainder in stainless steel vats for 8 months. The wine was bottled in May 2016.

Tasting Notes

Although young and moderate in the aroma, the balance and harmony of the 2015 harvest are remarkable. With fresh, delicate, and decidedly mineral aroma, the citrine fruits and fresh herbs notes stand out. On the palate, it is enveloping and very elegant, with good acidity. The finish is fresh with good citric and mineral notes. A young, lively, and very easy-drinking white. Perfect for a wide range of occasions.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Mica-Schist

Vineyards

Several

Average Vine Age

40 to 70 years

Grape Varieties

Rabigato, Códega do Larinho, Gouveio, Donzelinho, Viosinho and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Altitude (m)

550-700

Harvest Period

August/September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

No

Fermentation

Stainless steel vats (75%) and French oak barrels (25%)

Bottled

May 2016

Ageing

Stainless steel vats and French oak barrels

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

17.7

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

0.8

Alcohol (%)

12.5

pH

3.27

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.1

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.3

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

32

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

89

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.9888

Production

128000 Bottles

Allergens

Sulfite

Food Suggestions

Grilled and baked fish, pasta with seafood, white meat.

Suitable for Vegans & Vegetarians

yes

Bottle

Box

31 16 23 × 6 7400 cardboard

Palette

120 80 × 4 Rows 100 Boxes

A wine made for the enjoyment of good food, which pursues harmony and balance for every day and not only for special moments. A desirable wine; with a good tannin structure and Douro character, enchants for its youth and freshness! Conversa label was created and designed by the Brasilian cartoonist, Carlinhos Muller.

Vinification

The 2016 vintage proved to be very atypical, with a warm and rainy winter, a cool and very wet spring and an extremely hot and dry summer. The weather conditions led to very early budburst (around 2 weeks early), followed nevertheless by a delay in the vegetative cycle during spring, especially with regard to véraison, which occurred approximately 2 weeks later than usual.

Sourced from vines planted on the right bank of the Douro River at an altitude of 550 to 700m, the grapes were transported to the cellar at night under temperature-controlled conditions. Upon arrival, the grapes were sorted and gently pressed at low temperatures in order to avoid oxidation and too much extraction.

After being left to settle naturally for approximately 24 hours, 30% of the must fermented in used French barriques and the remainder fermented in stainless steel tanks for 8 months. The wine fermented with indigenous yeasts and was bottled in May 2017.

Tasting Notes

Although this wine is still very young, it is already showing beautiful balance and harmony, with delicate, fresh and mineral aromas as well as citrus and fresh herbal notes peeking out from the background. The palate is intriguing, and shows good acidity levels. This is a white wine which is well-structured without seeming too heavy, culminating in an elegant finish with delightful notes of citrus and minerality. It offers youth, vivacity and great drinkability, making it a perfect white wine for various occasions.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Mica-Schist

Vineyards

Several

Average Vine Age

20 to 50 years old

Grape Varieties

Rabigato, Códega do Larinho, Gouveio, Dona Branca, Viosinho, Bical and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Altitude (m)

550-700

Harvest Period

August/September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Non

Fermentation

Stainless steel vats (75%) and French oak barrels (25%)

Bottled

May 2017

Ageing

Stainless steel vats and French oak barrels

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

1.4

Alcohol (%)

12.3

pH

3.3

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.5

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

43

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

97

Production

113000 Bottles

Allergens

Sulfite

Food Suggestions

Grilled or roasted fish, seafood pastas, white meats.

Suitable for Vegans & Vegetarians

yes

Bottle

Box

31 16 23 × 6 7400 cardboard

Palette

120 80 × 4 Rows 100 Boxes

A wine made for the enjoyment of good food, which pursues harmony and balance for every day and not only for special moments. A desirable wine; with a good tannin structure and Douro character, enchants for its youth and freshness! Conversa label was created and designed by the Brasilian cartoonist, Carlinhos Muller.

Vinification

2017 was a year of extreme drought. We began picking the grapes on 10 September and finished on 10 October – a very short and intense harvest. The grapes used for the

Diálogo Branco stem from high-altitude vineyard sites in the Douro Valley, from vines aged between 15 and 55 years. The majority of the fruit from the 2017 vintage were firm, with crunchy skins and in excellent condition. Thanks to Niepoort’s philosophy of harvesting relatively early, we were able to obtain fruit with a good balance between acidity and sugar levels, allowing us to produce fresh and elegant wines. After being transported chilled to the Quinta de Nápoles, the grapes were gently pressed in stainless steel tanks, where they cold-macerated for approximately 24 hours. Fermentation took place at low temperatures in stainless steel, and the wine matured on its lees until bottling.

Tasting Notes

Despite its youth, this wine already shows good balance and harmony. On the nose, it appears fresh, delicate and full of minerality, with dominant notes of citrus and fresh herbs. The palate is full-bodied, with a very pleasant acidity. In this light white wine, citrusy, mineral aromas follow through right to the finish. This is an easy-to-drink wine with great liveliness – the perfect partner for various occasions.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Mica-Schist

Vineyards

Several

Average Vine Age

20 to 50 years old

Grape Varieties

Rabigato, Códega do Larinho, Gouveio, Dona Branca, Viosinho, Bical and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Altitude (m)

550-700

Harvest Period

August/September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Non

Fermentation

Stainless steel vats (75%) and French oak barrels (25%)

Bottled

May 2017

Ageing

Stainless steel vats and French oak barrels

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

20.3

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

1.6

Alcohol (%)

13.6

pH

3.22

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.6

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.4

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

26

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

83

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.98

Production

113000 Bottles

Allergens

Sulfite

Food Suggestions

Grilled or roasted fish, seafood pastas, white meats.

Suitable for Vegans & Vegetarians

yes

Bottle

Box

31 16 23 × 6 7400 cardboard

Palette

120 80 × 4 Rows 100 Boxes

A wine made for the enjoyment of good food, which pursues harmony and balance for every day and not only for special moments. A desirable wine; with a good tannin structure and Douro character, enchants for its youth and freshness! Conversa label was created and designed by the Brasilian cartoonist, Carlinhos Muller.

Vinification

The 2019 growing year was relatively dry. Spring started off with high temperatures which then dropped, remaining low during the whole summer. Some rainfall occurred at the exact time of budbreak, and flowering took place under excellent weather conditions, leading to medium to high yields and healthy berries. The mild days and cool nights of the month of August allowed for slow and balanced ripening.

Harvesting began on 8 August and concluded on 1 October.

We consider the 2019 vintage to be an exceptional one, with perfect balance between the natural acidity and sugar content of the musts, creating white wines of great purity.

The fruit was transported to the Quinta de Nápoles in refrigerated trucks, and then sorted carefully upon arrival at the winery before being pressed in an automatic press. After cold-settling, the musts were racked into stainless steel tanks where they fermented spontaneously at controlled temperatures and then spent a further 6 months maturing on the fine lees without bâtonage.

Tasting Notes

The 2019 viticultural year was very balanced, with medium to high yields in the Douro region. The bunches were able to ripen slowly and retain the necessary acidity levels to produce balanced and refreshing wines.

The Diálogo Branco 2019 is a great example of the Niepoort style: austere and deeply mineral. This is a fresh white wine with herbaceous and citrusy notes on the nose as well as a youthful character which nevertheless promises great ageing potential. Overall, a wine of great finesse and elegance, ending in an electric finish which will linger enticingly in your mind.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A

Region

Douro

Wine Color

White

Soil Type

Mica-schist

Average Vine Age

15-55 years

Grape Varieties

Rabigato, Códega do Larinho, Gouveio, Dona Branca, Viosinho, Bical and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Altitude (m)

350-500

Harvest Period

August and september

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

No

Fermentation

In stainless steel tanks

Bottled

March 2020

Ageing

6 months in stainless steel tanks

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

17

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

1.3

Alcohol (%)

12.4

pH

3.14

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.3

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.4

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

23

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

85

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.988

Production

120 000 Bottles

Allergens

Sulfite

Food Suggestions

Grilled or oven-baked fish as well as white meats.

Suitable for Vegans & Vegetarians

yes

Bottle

Box

31 16 23 × 6 7400 cardboard

Palette

120 80 × 4 Rows 100 Boxes