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OmLet is the first wine produced in Portugal by Telmo Rodriguez, a Douro Wine. In 2004, a small experience was made when Dirk and Telmo tried to do something really unique, experimenting things like taking the stalks by hand. It took 3 days, 5 people, 7 hours a day, to do a job that a machine would do in about 30 minutes. This 2004 edition was never bottled, but certainly was a great lesson for everyone making it. The name of the wine took also some time to be born, but in the end it was OmLet that prevailed, which is simply the word Telmo, written backwards.

Vinification

The grapes for OmLet 2005 come from two vineyards, one with high altitude and another half way up from “Covas do Douro” area. The main varieties are Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz and all the other varieties common in old vines, including a big percentage of Souzão. The wine was made with great care, without extractions, and remained for 15 days in skin contact, after which was directly passed to new French oak barrels (500 l) where it aged for 20 months.

Tasting Notes

Showing still some wood, this wine is delightful, very expressive, fresh and aromatic on the nose.

Elegant, with race and precise tannins on the palate. It is just fantastic, with a great future ahead.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) SA

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Covas do Douro

Average Vine Age

More than 70 years

Grape Varieties

Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Souzão and others

Pruning Method

Double Guyot

Alt. from Sea Level

550

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Casks

Fermentation

Wood fermentor

Bottled

June 2007

Ageing

20 month in French oak barrel (500 L)

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

27.9

Alcohol (%)

13

pH

3.65

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.9

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.67

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

10

Food Suggestions

Maronesa meat, fillet of beef, boar.

Telmo Rodriguez is a well known Spanish winemaker and producer, with experience in different wine regions of Spain. This is the second edition of OmLet, joining the interest of Telmo in making a wine in Portugal, particularly in the Douro Valley and our permanent pursuit to try different approaches to different terroirs. The idea was to let Telmo’s gentle vinification technique to be present, so we used grapes from two old vineyards planted in Covas valley, in high altitude with East facing exposure.

Vinification

2007 was an excellent year with good amount of rainfall during all growing and maturation season, which led to a balanced maturation period. With low yields, wines showed a perfect combination between concentration and acidity, with perfect tannin maturation.

The harvest occurred in the second half of September. All grapes were fermented without stems, in wood fermentors, with long maceration and with almost no extraction. The wine aged in used wooden vats of 1300 litres.

Tasting Notes

Bright colour, intense aroma with red pure macerated fruits, black plums and spicy notes. The palate is very well defined with vibrant acidity and well integrated tannic structure; the fruit is present, powerful but with an appealing freshness, very long and persistent. Very good ageing potential.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) SA

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Covas do Douro

Average Vine Age

More than 70 years

Grape Varieties

Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Souzão and others

Pruning Method

Double Guyot

Alt. from Sea Level

500

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Casks

Fermentation

Wood Fermentor

Bottled

July 2009

Ageing

18 months

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

28.1

Alcohol (%)

13.8

pH

3.6

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.27

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.63

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

22

Production

2.000 bottles

Food Suggestions

Maronesa meat, fillet of beef, boar.

Telmo Rodriguez is a well known Spanish winemaker and producer, with experience in different wine regions of Spain. This is the third edition of OmLet, joining the interest of Telmo in making a wine in Portugal, particularly in the Douro Valley and our permanent pursuit to try different approaches to different terroirs. The idea was to let Telmo’s gentle vinification technique to be present, so we used grapes from two old vineyards planted in Covas valley, in high altitude with East facing exposure.

Vinification

2008 was an excellent year for the Douro wine region. Rain, during spring and beginning of summer, allowed the soil to maintain good water levels until harvest. On another hand, low yields, due mainly to rain during flowering season, were very important to obtain quality fruit with good acidity and balanced sugar contents. Cold nights were determinant to achieve a fresh fruit character present in all wines.

The harvest occurred in the last week of September. All grapes were fermented without stems, in wood fermentors, with 30 days of maceration and minimum extraction. The wine aged 18 months in used barrels of 300 L and 500 L, with the purpose of maintaining the purity of the fruit and avoiding the excess of wood.

Tasting Notes

Deep and bright colour, with well defined red and black fresh fruit aromas and black and red pepper notes. Strong mineral character, with wet stone aromas and tobacco leave notes. The palate is alive and elegant, showing a defined structure well integrated with the wine; juicy and succulent, with an excellent acidity, well balanced with the concentration given by the old vines, and an extremely persistent finish. Great ageing potential.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) SA

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Covas do Douro

Average Vine Age

More than 70 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Franca,Tinta Roriz, Sousão, Alicante Bouschet and others

Pruning Method

Double Guyot

Alt. from Sea Level

500

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Casks

Fermentation

Wood fermentor

Bottled

July 2010

Ageing

18 months in 300 and 500 L casks

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

28.1

Alcohol (%)

13.5

pH

3.61

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.38

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.77

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

15

Production

4.863 bottles

Food Suggestions

Maronesa meat, fillet of beef, boar.

Telmo Rodriguez is a well known producer in Spain, with experience of vinification in many different wine regions. His interest in Douro got together with our search for different solutions of vinification for different “terroirs” and will to learn. The result was Omlet, a wine coming from vineyards with more than 60 years old planted higher than 500 meters and east facing, where maturation goes slower and gentler. The main varieties in these vineyards are Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz with a good amount of Sousão and Alicante de Bouschet. The main idea of this wine was always to express Telmo's vision over the vinification, with less extraction in order to have a wine with no edges.

Vinification

2009 was a very fresh year until the beginning of August. A good amount of water in the soil and colder weather than we normally expect in Douro Valley were leading us to another long maturation season. But incredibly high temperatures from 12 August on gave rise to a fast maturation all over the region without any berry shrivel. Harvest was done in the second week of September, to try to avoid excessive sugar content in the grapes. Fermentation was done in wood vat with no stems, with a total maceration of 25 days without pump over. The wine aged 18 months both in 228 lts French oak barrels and 2000 lts old wood vats.

Tasting Notes

Omlet 209 is very dark color, with black fruit aromas, balsamic and spicy notes of black pepper and cloves, very strong mineral character with earthy aromas. The palate is elegant with very good freshness but with deep concentration typical of the old vineyards, very good tannic structure, Shows a very complex and lasting long aftertaste. Great ageing potential

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) SA

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Several old vineyards

Average Vine Age

60-80 years

Grape Varieties

Franca,Tinta Roriz, Sousão, Alicante de Bouchet and others

Vines per HA

6000

Pruning Method

Guyot

Alt. from Sea Level

500

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Barrels and casks

Fermentation

Wood vat

Bottled

2011

Ageing

18 months in barrels (228 L) and old wood vats

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

27.4

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

1.9

Alcohol (%)

13

pH

3.63

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.08

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.75

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

1.9

Food Suggestions

Maronesa meat, fillet of beef, boar.

Telmo Rodriguez is a well known producer in Spain, with experience of vinification in many different wine regions. His interest in Douro got together with our search for different solutions of vinification for different “terroirs” and will to learn. The result was Omlet, a wine coming from vineyards with more than 60 years old planted higher than 500 meters and east facing, where maturation goes slower and gentler. The main varieties in these vineyards are Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz with a good amount of Sousão and Alicante de Bouschet. The main idea of this wine was always to express Telmo's vision over the vinification, with less extraction in order to have a wine with no edges.

Vinification

The grapes were manually harvested on September 17, and transported in 25kg boxes. During the reception at the winery, the grapes were carefully selected and sent by gravity into a stainless steel tank, where the alcoholic fermentation occured. The aging period as well as the malolactic fermentation took place in cask and 228 liter French oak barrels for a 22 months period. The wine was bottled in August 2012.

Tasting Notes

With a very concentrated ruby color, Omlet 2010 shows a complex and very noble aroma. Wild fruit notes, some leather and spices are fully integrated with the mineral character. Classic style with several layers, is very concentrated in the mouth, deep, with very silky and delicate tannins. Presenting a strong structure, is balanced by minerality, which is marked by the character of the old vines and good acidity. Complex, rich, and very long aftertaste. A wine of guard, that will benefit a lot from the stage in the bottle.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) SA

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Several old vineyards

Average Vine Age

60 to 80 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Franca,Tinta Roriz, Sousão, Alicante de Bouschet and others

Vines per HA

6000

Pruning Method

Guyot

Alt. from Sea Level

500

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Barrels and casks

Fermentation

Stainless steal vat

Bottled

August 2012

Ageing

22 months in barrels (228 L) and old wood vats

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

28.4

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

2.1

Alcohol (%)

13.5

pH

3.61

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.7

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

17

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

58

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.9915

Food Suggestions

Maronesa meat, fillet of beef, boar.