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The constant search and willingness to learn more led Dirk Niepoort to the beautiful and impressive Galician wine region of Ribeira Sacra. With the help of a Spanish winemaker who knew well the region, a traditional vineyard, called Ladredo, was found on the slopes of River Sil. It is planted in small terraces, with stone walls and east exposure.

Mencía is the most important grape variety, with a very interesting aromatic profile, and the ability to originate wines with excellent acidity and great elegance.

Vinification

2008 was not particularly warm in Ribeira Sacra. The high quantity of Grenacha Tinturera and the sun exposure of this vineyard also contributed to slow down the maturation process. Although this vineyard was known to be one of the last to be harvested in this area, in 2008 it was the first one to be harvested.

The fermentation took place in an open wooden tank, with 30% of stems. After 25 days of maceration, part of the wine spent another 30 days in skin contact, in a small rotating wooden tank. One third of the must had 55 days on skins, the rest 25 days. The wine went into barrels, 2 new and 3 used, and was never racked. The malolactic fermentation took place in the barrels and the wine was on lees until bottling in January 2009.

Tasting Notes

This wine is full of character, elegant, fresh and very complex. It shows fresh fruit notes and spicy aromas like black pepper and cinnamon, tobacco, tea and leaf notes, with great mineral presence coming from the schist soils of the region. In the palate, it's elegant and wild at the same time, showing very deep fruit, with great structure supported by silky tannins. It ends with an amazing acidity, into a long and persistent after taste, promising a long life in the bottle.

Technical Information

Producer

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Region

Ribeira Sacra

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Ladredo

Average Vine Age

More than 40 years

Grape Varieties

Mencía and Grenacha Tinturera

Vines per HA

6500

Pruning Method

Double Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

650–700

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Barrel

Fermentation

Oak vat

Bottled

January 2009

Ageing

12 month in French oak barrels (228l)

Production

1.100 (0,75 L) and 75 (1,5 L) bottles

Food Suggestions

Steak au poivre, red meat, meat stew, wild mushrooms, truffle.

The constant search and willingness to learn more led Dirk Niepoort to the beautiful and impressive Galician wine region of Ribeira Sacra. With the help of a Spanish winemaker who knew well the region, a traditional vineyard, called Ladredo, was found on the slopes of River Sil. It is planted in small terraces, with stone walls and east exposure.

Mencía is the most important grape variety, with a very interesting aromatic profile, and the ability to originate wines with excellent acidity and great elegance.

Vinification

The year 2009 in Ribeira Sacra, as in Douro region, was quite cold until the maturation season. However the exaggerated August temperatures accelerated the maturation process and the harvest was anticipated to the end of the second week of September, which is quite unusual for this region. As in the previous year, the greatest amount of Grenacha Tinturera in this vine contributed for the fresh and spicy character of the wine. The fermentation took place in an open wooden vat, with 40% of stems (only from the Mencía variety) in a total period of 45 days of maceration. The wine aged 14 months in used French oak barrels without racking. It was bottled in March 2011.

Tasting Notes

This wine shows well the character of the Mencía grape variety, with spices, black pepper, cinnamon and ripe red fruit aromas. It is fresh and elegant with great aromatic complexity, sowing mineral notes coming from the schist soils of this region.

The palate is elegant, with soft tannins, fruit and spice notes well integrated with the mineral character of the wine. Ends with great acidity and persistence. Great ageing potential.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Ribeira Sacra

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Ladredo

Average Vine Age

More than 40 years

Grape Varieties

Mencía and Grenacha Tinturera

Vines per HA

6500

Pruning Method

Double Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

650-700

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Casks

Fermentation

Oak vat

Bottled

March 2011

Ageing

14 months in French oak barrels

Alcohol (%)

13

pH

3.76

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.7

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.71

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

19

Production

1.200 bottles (0,75 L) and 75 magnums (1,5 L)

Food Suggestions

Steak au poivre, red meat, meat stew, wild mushrooms, truffle.

The constant search and willingness to learn more led Dirk Niepoort to the beautiful and impressive Galician wine region of Ribeira Sacra. With the help of a Spanish winemaker who knew well the region, a traditional vineyard, called Ladredo, was found on the slopes of River Sil. It is planted in small terraces, with stone walls and east exposure.

Mencía is the most important grape variety, with a very interesting aromatic profile, and the ability to originate wines with excellent acidity and great elegance.

Vinification

2010 was a very regular year in the area, with 800 mm of rain spread during winter and spring; hot summer but not excessively and good yields. All these lead to a very gentle and balanced maturation season, with good concentration without very high sugar content. Harvest was done in the 22nd of September with good weather. Fermentation was done in open wood vat with 40% of all bunches. Fermentation took 3 days to start and stayed 35 days with skin contact. The wine aged 14 months in used French oak barrels. The wine was bottled in April 2012.

Tasting Notes

Ladredo 2010 shows great freshness combined with very good concentration, with the typical aromas of Mencía, spicy, peppery and cinnamon notes, very pure fruit with cherry and red berry aromas, everything involved with the mineral stony character of the slate soils.

The palate is fresh and vibrant, plenty of fruit and spices, with a present but soft tannic structure, great acidity and great length. Deep with very good ageing potential

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Ribeira Sacra

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Ladredo

Average Vine Age

More than 40 years

Grape Varieties

Mencía and Grenacha Tinturera

Vines per HA

6500

Pruning Method

Double Royat

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Barrel

Fermentation

Oak vat

Bottled

April 2012

Ageing

14 months in French oak used barrels

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

1.6

Alcohol (%)

13.5

pH

3.89

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.7

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.69

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

10

Food Suggestions

Steak au poivre, red meat, meat stew, wild mushrooms, truffle.

Ladredo is the name of a little old vineyard, aged about 50 years, facing east and perched precipitously over the River Sil. It has such a steep slope that the grape harvest is a near Herculean task. This vineyard has two co-existing varieties: Mencía (called Jaen in Portugal) and Alicante Bouschet. They account for 60% and 40%, respectively, of the batch. The idea was to make a fine wine with the characteristic freshness of the region.

Vinification

The year 2011 in the region was quite cool, with colder temperatures than usual. A little more rainfall than previous years was also registered.

Ladredo 2011 was vinified in an old open-top wooden vat. Fermentation was carried out with 30% of the complete grape bunch and the indigenous yeast took 4 weeks to break down all the sugars. The wine aged 12 months in French oak barrels. 1140 bottles were produced on 15 May 2013.

Tasting Notes

Ladredo 2011 indicates a very cool harvest with an almost perfect balance between elegance, freshness and great concentration. With typical aromas of the Mencía variety, expressive and open, showing hints of spice, pepper and cinnamon. The fruit is very pure, with red berries, surrounded by a mineral character, typical of the region's schist soil.

It is fresh and with vibrant acidity on the palate, with great ageing potential. A wine full of freshness, with hints of fresh red fruits, pepper and cinnamon, a wine of great depth and aristocratic tannins.

Long, serious and very refreshing finish.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Ribeira Sacra

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Ladredo

Average Vine Age

More than 40 years

Grape Varieties

Mencía and Grenacha Tinturera

Vines per HA

6500

Pruning Method

Double Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

650-750

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Barrel

Fermentation

In vats

Bottled

May 2013

Ageing

12 months in barrels (228l)

Alcohol (%)

13.5

Production

1.140 bottles

Food Suggestions

Steak au poivre, red meat, meat stew, wild mushrooms, truffle.

Ladredo is the name of a little old vineyard, aged about 50 years, facing east and perched precipitously over the River Sil. It has such a steep slope that the grape harvest is a near Herculean task. This vineyard has two co-existing varieties: Mencía (called Jaen in Portugal) and Alicante Bouschet. They account for 65% and 35%, respectively, of the batch. The idea was to make a fine wine with the characteristic freshness of the region.

Vinification

The grapes for the wine Ladredo 2012 were harvested by hand on 19 September. The alcoholic fermentation took place in a wood open vat, with about 50% of stems.

The wine remained in vat along with the grape skins for 3 weeks and then aged in 228 liters French oak barrels for 19 months. Without fining or filtering, this wine was bottled on 12 June.

Tasting Notes

Slightly open in the ruby color, Ladredo 2012 shows lots of fresh fruit, is very expressive and aromatic. Markedly spicy aroma, dominated by the notes of pepper and tobacco leaves from the Mencía variety, with a very fine and delicate set.

It is vibrant and strong in the mouth, with very silky tannins, together with a remarkable structure with depth, reflecting the minerality of the schist terroir. Finish full of energy, where the fantastic acidity gives a very long and persistent finish. Great aging potential.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Ribeira Sacra

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Ladredo

Average Vine Age

Over 50 years

Grape Varieties

Mencía and Alicante Bouschet

Vines per HA

6500

Pruning Method

Double Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

650-750

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Barrel

Fermentation

In vat

Bottled

June 2014

Ageing

20 months in barrels (228 L)

Alcohol (%)

13.5

Food Suggestions

Steak au poivre, red meat, meat stew, wild mushrooms, truffle.