Charme ClareteCharme Clarete

The result of a special moment of the 2016 harvest!

Vinification

After a considerably cool and humid growing season up until July, it seemed that the harvest would be quite late. However, the end of July as well as the month of August was hot and dry in the Douro Valley, which allowed the maturation process to catch up the delay. In Vale de Mendiz, the harvest began on 12 September – the grapes showed somewhat uneven ripeness in all the vineyards. Heavy rainfall on 13 September forced us to pause the harvest, which actually proved useful as this gave the grapes the time to fully ripen in the following weeks.

The harvest resumed under favourable weather conditions, with cool nights. The last of the fruit was picked on 14 October. There was a decrease of approximately 30% in the yield due to some mildew occurring in the region, but the weather led to good concentration of fruit.

Tasting Notes

Very expressive on the nose, offering superb freshness and intensity. Despite its somewhat “hard” and austere character, the wine is full-bodied and generous in aroma, showing balance and liveliness. A good tannic structure provides this wine with extra grip.

A big wine with tremendous ageing potential!

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vale Mendiz

Average Vine Age

70-100 years

Grape Varieties

A blend of several varieties

Vines per HA

6000-6500

Pruning Method

Duplo Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

300-350

Harvest Period

September and October

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

In French oak barriques

Fermentation

Stone lagares and French oak barriques

Bottled

July 2018

Ageing

10 months in French oak barriques

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

19.3

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

0.6

Alcohol (%)

12.4

pH

3.47

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.9

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.6

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

19

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

128

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.98

Production

1050 Bottles

Allergens

Sulfite

Food Suggestions

Oysters, oven-baked fish, poultry and other white meats. Vegetarian pairings: dishes based on root vegetables (turnips, sweet potato and beetroot), Caesar salad, cheese.

Suitable for Vegans

yes

Bottle

Box

16 31 23.5 × 6 7945 cardboard

Palette

120 80 × 8 Rows 100 Boxes