Fabelhaft ReservaFabelhaft Reserva

In 2002, Dirk Niepoort created the first Fabelhaft: a wine of joy and celebration of good food, good friends and good life. In 2007, we moved a step forward creating also the “Fabelhaft Reserve”; the main idea is to make this Reserve only in the best years.

Vinification

2007 was an excellent year in the Douro region; rains occurred during spring and early summer allowed soils to maintain a fairly good amount of water until harvest. Natural low yields were the key factor to achieve a high fruit concentration, with excellent acidity and ideal sugar content.

At harvest we had very good weather, with the best conditions to produce amazing Douro wines. Grapes were picked during September, fermentation was done in stainless steel vats with maceration periods between 12 to 20 days; 50% of the wine aged for 14 months in used French oak barrels.

Tasting Notes

It is a dark ruby colour wine, with intense fruit and spicy aroma, along with a strong mineral character, and elegant smoky perfume. On the palate is vibrant and appealing, with great intensity and depth. The juicy tannins and very good acidity provides a long lasting aftertaste.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Quinta de Nápoles and Vale do Pinhão

Grape Varieties

Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela and Tinto Cão

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Fermentation

Stainless steel vats

Bottled

Março 2009

Ageing

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

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

28.7

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

2.4

Alcohol (%)

13

pH

3.64

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.01

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.55

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

30

Production

3.000 bottles

In 2002, Dirk Niepoort created the first Fabelhaft: a wine of joy and celebration of good food, good friends and good life. In 2007, we moved a step forward creating also the “Fabelhaft Reserve”; the main idea is to make this Reserve only in the best years. A combination of different ageing for a longer period gave to this 2009 a unique character.

Vinification

2009 was a very fresh year until beginning of August, good amount of water in the soil and colder weather than we normally expect in Douro Valley was leading us for another long maturation season. But incredible high temperatures from 12 August on gave rise to a fast maturation all over the region without any berry shrivel. Harvest started early in the beginning of September.

Fermentation was done in stainless steel vats with maceration periods between 12 to 20 days, 60% of the wine aged for 24 months in used french oak barrels, 20% aged in 2000 lts old wood vat and the remaining 20% in stainless steel .

Tasting Notes

With very vivid ruby color and intense spice aroma, along with fresh fruit notes and strong mineral character. On the palate is fruity and spicy with vibrant acidity and with great intensity and depth, very well balanced with solid structure and juicy tannins. Very persistent in the palate, with strong character and great complexity

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Quinta de Nápoles and Vale do Pinhão

Grape Varieties

Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela and Tinto Cão

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Fermentation

Stainless steel vats

Bottled

May 2010

Ageing

24 months in used French oak barrels (60%), stainless steel (20%) and in old wood vat 2000 L (20%).

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

27.4

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

2

Alcohol (%)

13.5

pH

3.63

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.9

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.7

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

66

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

17

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.99

Production

17.500 bottles

Food Suggestions

White meats. Vegetarian suggestions: noodles, pasta dishes.

In 2002, Dirk Niepoort created the first Fabelhaft: a wine of joy and celebration of good food, good friends and good life. In 2007, we moved a step forward creating also the “Fabelhaft Reserve”; the main idea is to make this Reserve only in the best years.

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

Quinta de Nápoles and Vale do Pinhão

Grape Varieties

Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela and Tinto Cão

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Fermentation

Stainless steel vats

Bottled

April 2012

Ageing

14 months in French oak barrels, casks and vats (25%), stainlesss steel vats (75%)

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

27.6

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

2

Alcohol (%)

13.5

pH

3.62

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.7

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

20

Production

50.000 bottles

Food Suggestions

White meats. Vegetarian suggestions: noodles, pasta dishes.

The first edition of Fabelhaft Reserva was the 2007 vintage, a wine with a demanding character, produced from a blend of wines that aged in wood for longer periods and in different kind of vats.

Fabelhaft Reserva 2011 is fresh, precise and very balanced. The grapes come from vines that are around 25 years old, from Quinta de Nápoles, and from old vines on the right bank of the river Douro. It has great ageing potential and is a very gastronomic wine, adapting to a wide range of different dishes.

Vinification

2011 was characterised by early flowering and the whole growing season took place earlier, with harvesting starting much sooner than usual. However, the vines planted at higher altitudes ripened more slowly and the wines eventually revealed moderate alcohol content and good levels of tartaric and malic acid.

The harvest began on the 5th September. After careful selection both at the vine and the winery, fermentation took place in stainless steel cone-shaped vats, with maceration up to a maximum of 25 days. It then aged for 14 months in French oak barrels where malolactic fermentation took place.

Tasting Notes

Fabelhaft Reserva 2011 has a bright ruby red colour, although not as deep as its predecessor. It has a complex nose, marked by red fruit and some green and black pepper notes. On the palate it is very balanced and precise, mouth-filling, with a structure of soft tannins and a long finish. The good acidity of 2011 makes Fabelhaft Reserva impressively elegant and balanced.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Quinta de Nápoles and Vale do Pinhão

Grape Varieties

Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela and Tinto Cão

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Fermentation

Stainless steel vats

Bottled

May 2013

Ageing

14 months in French oak barrels, casks and vats (25%), stainlesss steel vats (75%)

Production

16.856 bottles

Food Suggestions

White meats. Vegetarian suggestions: noodles, pasta dishes.

The first edition of Fabelhaft Reserva was that of 2007, a wine with a more demanding character, produced from more complex batches, blending wines which had aged in wood of various sizes and for longer periods. The grapes are from vines that are around 25 years old from Quinta de Nápoles and old vines on the right bank of the river Douro. It has great ageing potential and is a very gastronomic wine, which adapts to a wide range of different dishes.

Vinification

2012 was marked by the shortage of rain in the Douro region. As a result, the growing cycle began, on average, 15 days later than in previous years. On the other hand, winter 2012 also saw very low temperatures, which resulted in the good and well balanced growth of the vegetation. The ripening period was cooler than usual, leading to a good balance between sugar and acidity, a key factor for a fresh and balanced taste.

After careful selection both at the vine and in the winery, fermentation took place in stainless steel vats, with maceration up to a maximum of 20 days. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrels where the wine then aged for 18 months.

Tasting Notes

Fabelhaft Reserva 2012 has a pretty ruby red colour, of medium concentration. It has a very fresh, seductive and deep aroma, with fresh black fruit notes and slightly floral. On the palate it is enveloping, with good volume and an elegant tannin structure, supported by good acidity. The wood is present but very well integrated. Mineral notes and spices give it a very long, complex and persistent finish.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Quinta de Nápoles / Vale do Pinhão

Average Vine Age

25 to 60 years

Grape Varieties

Rufete, Tinta Amarela,, Touriga Franca and others

Vines per HA

4000-6500

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

150-500

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Barrels

Fermentation

Stainless steel vats

Bottled

May 2014

Ageing

18 months in French oak barrels (228 L)

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

26.8

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

0.2

Alcohol (%)

13.72

pH

3.59

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.3

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.7

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

17

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

61

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.9909

Production

30.344 bottles

Food Suggestions

White meats. Vegetarian suggestions: noodles, pasta dishes.

Fabelhaft Reserva Red is a wine with a more serious and deeper character, produced from more complex batches, blending wines which had aged in wood of various sizes and for longer periods. The grapes are from vines that are around 30 years old from Quinta de Nápoles and old vines on the right bank of the river Douro. It has great ageing potential and is a very gastronomic wine, which adapts to a wide range of different dishes.

Vinification

The 2013 harvest began on the 19th August, earlier than usual, in order to maintain the high acidity levels and avoid high alcohol levels. The year was particularly productive, around 25% more than the previous year. The decision to start harvesting earlier turned out to be the right one, since all the main vines had been harvested before heavy rain began to fall on the 27th September.

After careful selection both at the vine and in the winery, fermentation took place in stainless steel vats, with maceration up to a maximum of 20 days. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrels where the wine then aged for 16 months.

Tasting Notes

The Fabelhaft Reserve 2013 has a beautiful ruby colour of good concentration. With mineral and fresh aroma, sorrounded by good floral and wild berries notes. It has a very seductive profile, with very discreet wood and in harmony with the fruit. The palate is elegant, with good mouth volume, where notes of fresh spices and fresh fruit are balanced by good acidity and fine tannins. Very long, fine, and very complex finish.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Quinta de Nápoles and Vale do Pinhão

Average Vine Age

30 to 60 years

Grape Varieties

Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and others

Vines per HA

4000-6500

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

150-500

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Barrels

Fermentation

Stainless steel vats

Bottled

April 2015

Ageing

16 months in French oak barrels (228 L)

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

25

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

0.6

Alcohol (%)

12

pH

3.67

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.7

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.7

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

20

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

53

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.9921

Food Suggestions

White meats. Vegetarian suggestions: noodles, pasta dishes.

Fabelhaft Reserva Red is a red wine produced from more complex batches than the regular Fabelhaft, and that blends wines which had aged in wood of various sizes and for longer periods. The grapes are from vines that are around 30 years old from Quinta de Nápoles, and old vines on the right bank of the river Douro. It has great ageing potential and is a very gastronomic wine, which adapts to a wide range of different dishes.

Vinification

The 2014 harvest was slightly lower in production comparatively to 2013,

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.

After careful selection both at the vine and in the winery, fermentation took place in stainless steel vats, with maceration up to a maximum of 30 days. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrels where the wine then aged for 16 months.

Tasting Notes

The Fabelhaft Reserve 2014 has a beautiful and bright ruby colour. With mineral aroma, very intense in the wild berries and spices notes, presents a very seductive profile, with very discreet wood and in harmony with the fruit. With good mouth volume, is structured but elegant, due to good acidity and very fine tannins. Very long, delicate, and very complex finish.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Quinta de Nápoles and Vale do Pinhão

Average Vine Age

30 to 60 years

Grape Varieties

Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and others

Vines per HA

4000-6500

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

150-500

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Barrels

Fermentation

Stainless steel vats

Bottled

March 2016

Ageing

15 months in French oak barrels (228 L)

Food Suggestions

White meats (turkey, chicken). Grilled food. Fat fishes (salmon, grouper). Vegetarian suggestions: pasta and quiches.

Fabelhaft Reserva Red is a red wine produced from more complex batches than the regular Fabelhaft, and that blends wines which had aged in wood of various sizes and for longer periods. The grapes are from vines that are around 30 years old from Quinta de Nápoles, and old vines on the right bank of the river Douro. It has great ageing potential and is a very gastronomic wine, which adapts to a wide range of different dishes.

Vinification

2015 was an excellent year, with good levels of precipitation during the winter months as well as a sufficiently dry growing season, which decreased the incidence of diseases. The ripening phase was somewhat early as veraison set in already in July – which meant that harvest began in September, before the rains arrived mid-month.

The grapes were picked at optimal ripeness, with high levels of acidity and balanced sugar contents. After being meticulously sorted in the vineyards as well as in the cellar, fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks with maceration periods of up to 30 days. The wine went through malolactic fermentation in wooden barriques where it also matured for 15 months.

Tasting Notes

With its youthful and deep colour, the Fabelhaft Reserva 2015 offers clean aromas with balsamic notes and dark fruit such as blackberry. The palate presents itself as dry, with hints of used oak. Its overall profile is lively and full of minerality; its finish fresh and intense.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A

Region

Douro

Wine Color

Red

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Quinta de Nápoles and Vale do Pinhão

Average Vine Age

30 to 60 years

Grape Varieties

Tinta Roriz,Touriga Franca and others

Vines per HA

4000-6500

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

150-500

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

In Barrels

Fermentation

In stainless stell vats

Bottled

June 2017

Ageing

15 months in French oak barrels

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

25.3

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

0.6

Alcohol (%)

12

pH

3.59

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.6

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.6

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

31

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

98

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.992

Production

60000 Bottles

Allergens

Sulfite

Food Suggestions

White meats (turkey, chicken). Grilled food. Fat fishes (salmon, grouper). Vegetarian suggestions: pasta and quiches.

Suitable for Vegans & Vegetarians

no

Bottle

Box

30.3 15.6 23.7 × 6 7388 cardboard

Palette

120 80 × 4 Rows 100 Boxes

Fabelhaft Reserva Red is a red wine produced from more complex batches than the regular Fabelhaft, and that blends wines which had aged in wood of various sizes and for longer periods. The grapes are from vines that are around 30 years old from Quinta de Nápoles, and old vines on the right bank of the river Douro. It has great ageing potential and is a very gastronomic wine, which adapts to a wide range of different dishes.

Vinification

The 2017 vintage can be described as a hot year – the second hottest since 1931, with much lower precipitation levels than usual, leading to high evaporation and significantly decreased soil humidity. 2017 is therefore also classified as one of the driest years since 1931.

Niepoort’s philosophy to work with old vines proved to be rewarding as they are less affected by various weather conditions, benefit from better balance and have access to the water reserves located deep in the soils.

The grapes showed excellent quality and health, with ripe and crunchy skins and mature seeds. They were picked between 10 August and 10 September, making it the earliest harvest in Niepoort’s history. This early harvest allowed us to obtain grapes with well-balanced natural acidity and therefore to craft fresh, elegant and linear wines.

Tasting Notes

With its youthful and deep colour, the Fabelhaft Reserva 2017 offers clean aromas with balsamic notes and dark fruit. The palate presents itself as dry, with hints of used oak. Its overall profile is lively and full of minerality; its finish fresh and intense.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A

Region

Douro

Wine Color

Red

Soil Type

Schiste

Vineyards

Quinta de Nápoles and Vale do Pinhão

Average Vine Age

30 to 60 years

Grape Varieties

Tinta Roriz,Touriga Franca and others

Vines per HA

4000-6500

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

150-500

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

In barrels

Fermentation

In stainless steel vats

Bottled

June 2019

Ageing

15 months in French oak barrels

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

25.3

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

0.5

Alcohol (%)

13

pH

3.61

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.7

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

22

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

97

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.991

Allergens

Sulfite

Food Suggestions

White meats (turkey, chicken). Grilled food. Fat fishes (salmon, grouper). Vegetarian suggestions: pasta and quiches.

Suitable for Vegans & Vegetarians

yes

Bottle

Box

30.3 15.6 23.7 × 6 7388 cardboard

Palette

120 80 × 4 Rows 100 Boxes