Secundum VintageSecundum Vintage

Niepoort created a second style of Vintage Port: "Secundum Vintage". The intention of Secundum is the creation of an approachable Vintage that offers an immediate satisfaction yet keeping the balance to age for decades. Secundum 1999 was the fist production of this Vintage, that has the tannin of grand years, well presented and ripe, which secures its longevity, but at the same time can be appreciated with half its longevity. For Dirk Niepoort, the Secundum 1999 "is very impressive, it shows its tannin and also identifies the fruit itself with its concentration and richness. A powerful wine with very good longevity."

Vinification

The Secundum 1999 was produced from vines that are more than 70 years old (predominantly Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Tinta Amarela and Touriga Nacional). The grapes were foot trodden and the ageing was in large old oak vats at our lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia.

Tasting Notes

Dark and rich colour; the intense aroma from the ripe fruit can be compared to that of cocoa and chocolate. Vibrant and attractive aromas of wild berries and flowers. Full-bodied, with firm, yet refined tannins, balanced with a good acidity, resulting in a fresh, balanced wine with a long finish. Powerful in the mouth; can be chewed well.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vinha da Pisca, Vale do Pinhão, Ferrão

Grape Varieties

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

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Harvest Period

September/October

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Fermentation

Lagares (wine press tanks)/Foot treadind

Bottled

2001

Ageing

2 years in old oak vats

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

92.7

Alcohol (%)

20

Baumé

2.9

pH

3.67

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.18

Production

25.000 bottles

Food Suggestions

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

Another classic Niepoort Vintage: combining balance with superb concentration, and at the same time very fine and delicate. The wine also has a splendid rustic character giving it a wonderful individuality.

Vinification

A small crop, due to poor flowering but with high skin to juice ratios as a result. Apart from one day when it rained on 28th September, the harvest was carried out under ideal conditions with fine days and cool nights. The grapes from old vines in the Cima Corgo region were trodden in "lagares" (wine press tanks) and later the Port was matured in large wooden vats at our lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia and bottled in the autumn of 2002.

Tasting Notes

Dark red in colour, with intense aromas of dark fruits along with a light herbaceous character. On the palate, massively concentrated, dense but fresh, with solid tannins, finishing long and persistent.

Although great to taste now, will develop wonderfully over the next decades. To fully benefit from its qualities, we recommend it to be decanted before serving.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vinha da Pisca, Vale do Pinhão, Ferrão

Average Vine Age

60 and over 100 years

Grape Varieties

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

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Harvest Period

September/October

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Fermentation

Lagares (wine press tanks)/Foot treadind

Bottled

November 2002

Ageing

2 years in old oak cask

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

97.4

Alcohol (%)

21

Baumé

3.2

pH

3.56

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.94

Food Suggestions

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

Niepoort created a second style of Vintage Port: "Secundum Vintage". The intention was the creation of an approachable Vintage that could offer an immediate satisfaction yet keeping the balance to age for decades.

Vinification

2001 started with a very wet winter, with over 1200mm of rain in the Cima Corgo, from November through to the end of March. Although many terraces were affected with small landslides due to the high level of precipitation, it allowed water levels to be replenished in the vineyard after several hot and dry years. Then from April onwards until August, rainfall was relatively low and flowering occurred towards the end of May. The Summer was cool with light rain at the end of August, allowing maturity to go to completion. Harvest started in mid September with fine weather, providing ripe grapes with good concentration of tannins and colour.  The grapes for Secundum were selected from over 70 year old vines and the main varieties are Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Tinta Francisca and Touriga Nacional, Tinto Cão, Tinta Amarela, Sousão and others.

The grapes were foot trodden and ageing took place in large old oak vats at our lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia.

Tasting Notes

Secundum 2001 shows good depth of colour with a brick red rim and a superb aroma of liquorice, currants and blue violets - a fine example of bottle age aromas. On the palate liquorice comes through with a soft elegant structure, good concentration and some spirity characters with a dry finish. Fresh and ready to drink now but will also carry on ageing for several years.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vinha da Pisca, Vale do Pinhão, Ferrão

Average Vine Age

Over 70 years

Grape Varieties

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

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Harvest Period

September 2001

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

no

Fermentation

Lagares/Foot treading

Bottled

2003

Ageing

Large old oak vats

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

102.3

Alcohol (%)

20

Baumé

3.7

pH

3.56

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.43

Food Suggestions

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

Niepoort created a second style of Vintage Port: "Secundum Vintage". The intention of Secundum is the creation of an approachable Vintage that offers an immediate satisfaction yet keeping the balance to age for decades. If we compare the Niepoorts Vintage Port with classic music then Secumdum would be like Mozart, young, charming, creative and tangible; and the Vintage like Bach: intense, profound, complex and less accessible.

Vinification

2003 was a hot and dry year, providing ripe grapes with good concentration of tannins and colour. A severe selection of the grapes was made, particularly to remove all the overripe grapes. The grapes for Secundum were selected from over 70 year old vines and the main varieties are Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Tinta Francisca and Touriga Nacional, Tinto Cão, Tinta Amarela, Sousão and others.

The grapes were foot trodden and the ageing was in large old oak vats at our lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia.

Tasting Notes

Secundum 2003 shows great concentration of fruit in a robust fashion. On the palate, an open knit structure with fine tannins and vibrant yet ripe black fruit flavours on the finish, along with fabulous balance.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vinha da Pisca, Vale do Pinhão, Ferrão

Average Vine Age

Over 70 years

Grape Varieties

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

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Harvest Period

September/October

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Fermentation

Lagares (wine press tanks)/Foot treadind

Bottled

2005

Ageing

2 years in old oak cask

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

102.3

Alcohol (%)

20

Baumé

3.7

pH

3.57

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.89

Production

7.000 bottles

Food Suggestions

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