Pisca VintagePisca Vintage

The Pisca vineyard has formed part of the Niepoort Vintage Lote for many years; in 2007, one very small parcel of Pisca was set aside and contrary to the current practice of ageing in large wooden vats, it was aged in pipes, thus replicating the legendary Niepoort 1970 Vintage, which was all aged in pipes. Furthermore, the handling of the wine prior to bottling in a less reductive way attempts to return to the days when Vintage Ports were shipped in pipes to northern Europe and then bottled at the end of the second year or even in the third year following the harvest, in contrast to the current practice of bottling after a year and a half. Once again, at Niepoort, we believe that in a world of uniformity we have managed to produce a Vintage Port with a difference with a return to some of the small technical details from a bygone era…

Vinification

After several dry winters, the 2006/2007 winter was most useful in replenishing dwindling water reserves. In 2007, the first parcels of Pisca were picked on 20th September and fermented at Niepoort’s historic winery in Vale de Mendiz. All vinification was carried out in lagares with 100% stems. Fermenting musts exhibited very dark colours with spectacular purple hues and wonderful acid balance.

Tasting Notes

Dense in colour with a wonderfully fresh green aroma, with a hint of dark chocolate dominating along with subtle aromas of dark fruits. On the palate, medium sweet,wonderful fruit, with a seductive silky mid palate which is underpinned with a compact, lengthy tannin structure.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Pisca

Average Vine Age

80 and over 100 years

Grape Varieties

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

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Harvest Period

September/October

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Fermentation

Lagares (wine press tanks)/Foot treading

Bottled

2010

Ageing

Pipes

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

103.4

Alcohol (%)

20

Baumé

3.4

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.88

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

64

Allergens

Sulfite

Food Suggestions

Perfect with “Queijo da Serra” a Stilton or other blue cheeses. Egg based desserts with “Pão de Ló” (Portuguese sponge based cake).

Suitable for Vegans & Vegetarians

yes

Bottle

Box

18 24 42 × 6 9000 wood

Palette

120 80 × 8 Rows 80 Boxes