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The drawings for Sásta are by Fintan Taite, an award-winning Irish cartoonist and illustrator who lives and works in Dublin. The cartoon is about St. Patrick and the legend of his banishment of the snakes. The wine is pleasant drinking, intense and full of Douro character; it is fresh, fruity and spicy with smooth tannins.

Vinification

2006 was not a hot year in general but with good amount of humidity. Maturation process started slowly and a small rain during middle August was just perfect to balance harvest. Nevertheless high temperatures occurred during last week. After careful selection, all the grapes were vinified in stainless steel, with total maceration from 8 to 12 days. 20% of the wine aged for 12 month in French oak, 2nd and 3rd year barrels and the rest 80% was kept in stainless steel vats.

Tasting Notes

It is a dark ruby wine with an intense dark and red fruit aroma with spicy character. On the palate, it is young, appealing and fresh, with fruity tannins, good acidity and appealing 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 and Tinto Cão

Vines per HA

4000

Pruning Method

Guyot

Alt. from Sea Level

100-400

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Barrels and stainless steel vats

Fermentation

Lagar (wine press tanks)

Bottled

March 2007

Ageing

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

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

28

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

2.1

Alcohol (%)

13

pH

3.65

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.92

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.46

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

23

Production

40.000 bottles

The drawings for Sásta are by Fintan Taite, an award-winning Irish cartoonist and illustrator who lives and works in Dublin. The cartoon is about St. Patrick and the legend of his banishment of the snakes. The wine is pleasant drinking, intense and full of Douro character; it is fresh, fruity and spicy with smooth tannins.

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 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

February 2008

Ageing

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

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

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

3.000 bottles

The drawings for Sásta are by Fintan Taite, an award-winning Irish cartoonist and illustrator who lives and works in Dublin. The cartoon is about St. Patrick and the legend of his banishment of the snakes. The wine is pleasant drinking, intense and full of Douro character; it is fresh, fruity and spicy with smooth tannins.

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 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

May 2010

Ageing

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

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

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

9.000 bottles

The drawings for Sásta are by Fintan Taite, an award-winning Irish cartoonist and illustrator who lives and works in Dublin. The cartoon is about St. Patrick and the legend of his banishment of the snakes. The wine is pleasant drinking, intense and full of Douro character; it is fresh, fruity and spicy with smooth tannins.

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 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

May 2011

Ageing

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

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

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

50.000 bottles

The drawings for Sásta are by Fintan Taite, an award-winning Irish cartoonist and illustrator who lives and works in Dublin. The cartoon is about St. Patrick and the legend of his banishment of the snakes. The wine is pleasant drinking, intense and full of Douro character; it is fresh, fruity and spicy with smooth tannins.

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 (g/dm3)

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

The drawings for Sásta are by Fintan Taite, an award-winning Irish cartoonist and illustrator who lives and works in Dublin. The cartoon is about St. Patrick and the legend of his banishment of the snakes. The wine is pleasant drinking, intense and full of Douro character; it is fresh, fruity and spicy with smooth tannins.

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 (g/dm3)

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.

The drawings for Sásta are by Fintan Taite, an award-winning Irish cartoonist and illustrator who lives and works in Dublin. The cartoon is about St. Patrick and the legend of his banishment of the snakes. The wine is pleasant drinking, intense and full of Douro character; it is fresh, fruity and spicy with smooth tannins.

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 for the Diálogo stem from various sites in the sub-region of Cima Corgo. The fruit was picked at optimal ripeness and with an ideal acidity/sugar ratio. After arriving at the Quinta de Nápoles, the grapes were carefully destemmed and fermented in stainless steel tanks under controlled temperatures for approximately one week. A portion of the wine was matured in French oak barriques whereas the rest of the wine remained in stainless steel for about 6 months.

Tasting Notes

With a medium deep ruby colour, the 2017 vintage of the Diálogo offers generous and expressive fruits of the forest. Fresh and balsamic in character, accompanied by floral notes, it displays the typical aromas of the Douro’s grape varieties.

The palate is elegant, light-bodied and subtle, with very gentle tannins and an unmistakeable mineral profile. Its pleasant acidity and fruity freshness make this an easy and uncomplicated wine which does not weigh heavy on the palate but rather entices you to pour another glass.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Average Vine Age

10-40 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela

Vines per HA

4000

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

100-500

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Manual

Malolactic

In barriques and stainless steel tanks

Fermentation

In stainless steel tanks

Bottled

From July 2018 to February 2019

Ageing

6 months

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

31.3

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

0.6

Alcohol (%)

14.1

pH

3.68

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.4

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.5

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

38

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

108

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.99

Production

60 000 Bottles

Allergens

Sulfites and Egg albumin

Food Suggestions

White meats, pasta and vegetarian dishes.

Suitable for Vegans

no

Bottle

Box

31 16 23 × 6 7400 cardboard

Palette

120 80 × 4 Rows 100 Boxes

The drawings for Sásta are by Fintan Taite, an award-winning Irish cartoonist and illustrator who lives and works in Dublin. The cartoon is about St. Patrick and the legend of his banishment of the snakes. The wine is pleasant drinking, intense and full of Douro character; it is fresh, fruity and spicy with smooth tannins.

Vinification

2018 was a relatively cool year up until August, with the coolest July recorded in the 21st century. The vines seemed to be developing relatively late, with a delay of about 3 weeks compared to 2017. The first days of August brought a sudden spike in temperatures: the 4th of August was the hottest year to date this century. As a result, the berries ripened slowly during the month of September. The water stress caused the vines to produce musts with low alcohols and good phenolic ripeness, as well as good complexity and minerality.

After arriving at the Quinta de Nápoles, the grapes were carefully destemmed and fermented in stainless steel tanks under controlled temperatures for approximately one week. A portion of the wine was matured in French oak barriques whereas the rest of the wine remained in stainless steel for about 6 months.

Tasting Notes

The wine has a beautiful, intense ruby colour.

The nose reflects the 2018 vintage – a cool year with moderate ripeness. The aromatic profile of the wine is elegant, boasting mineral notes in perfect harmony with balsamic, floral and fresh red fruit aromas.

The palate is light and elegant, with smooth but persistent tannins and a pleasant acidity which makes the wine easy to drink and enjoy.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Average Vine Age

10-40 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela

Vines per HA

4000

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

100-150

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

In barriques and stainless steel tanks

Fermentation

In stainless steel tanks

Bottled

September 2019

Ageing

6 months In barriques and stainless steel tanks

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

30.7

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

0.6

Alcohol (%)

13.3

pH

3.66

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.4

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.5

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

27

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

70

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.99

Production

60000 bottles

Allergens

Sulfite and egg albumin

Food Suggestions

White meats, pasta and vegetarian dishes.

Suitable for Vegans

no

Bottle

Box

31 16 23 × 6 7400 cardboard

Palette

120 80 × 4 Rows 100 Boxes