Rótulo BrancoRótulo Branco

With the mission of respecting biodiversity, we are recovering several old vines of white varieties in Dão, going beyond the variety Encruzado, predominant in the region. Rótulo white results from a blend of varieties, almost forgotten, like Borrado das Moscas, Rabo de Ovelha and Cercial, among others. Without any influence of barrels, we created a delicate, light, and harmonious wine, that reflects the granite, very typical of this region.

Vinification

The viticultural year 2015 in Dão was marked by a drier winter than in the previous year and the rain in early spring allowed to obtain some water reserves in the soil that supported the plant during the dry months of spring and summer. Being an early year, in July the vine was already in the verison phase and the harvest began one week earlier than the last year. The grapes coming from old vines were carefully transported to the cellar, where they were pressed. The alcoholic fermentation occurred in stainless steel vats, and the ageing took 12 months in cement vats in the presence of fine lees.

Tasting Notes

Yellow bright and very light colour, the Rótulo white 2015 has a delicate aroma, with a vegetal component strongly present, in harmony with some notes of stone and slight notes of white fruit. Structured, with good mouth volume, is a white with presence, supported by a good acidity and a strong mineral component. Refreshing, provides a delicate finish, with notes of fruit and fresh herbs.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort Vinhos

Region

Dão

Soil Type

Granite

Average Vine Age

40 to 60 years

Grape Varieties

Encruzado, Borrado das moscas, Rabo de ovelha e Cerceal

Vines per HA

4500

Pruning Method

Royal and Guyot

Altitude (m)

450m

Harvest Period

September 2015

Harvest Method

Manual

Malolactic

In Cement Vats

Fermentation

Inox

Ageing

12 months in cement vats

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

20.6

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

1.7

Alcohol (%)

12.5

pH

3.29

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.54

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.29

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

19

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

104

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.9894

Food Suggestions

Delicate fish, salads and any type of white meat. Cheese with soft flavour, hard cheese.

Bottle

Box

30.5 17.5 × 6 8246.5 cardboard

Palette

120 80 90 Boxes

As part of our mission to honour biodiversity, we have been recovering various old white grape vineyards in Dão, going beyond than just Encruzado – the predominant variety of the region. The Rótulo Branco is a blend of almost extinct varieties such as Borrado das Moscas, Rabo de Ovelha and Cercial, among others. Without any influence from oak, we have created a delicate, light and well-balanced wine which reflects the granitic soils that are so typical of this region.

Vinification

The 2017 viticultural year experienced a dry winter, with much lower rainfall than the average in the past 30 years. A hot and dry spring followed, with heat waves which persisted to the beginning of summer. With the increase of average temperatures and the lack of rainfall, we have seen an advance of about 2 weeks in the vines’ vegetative cycle, from budbreak to veraison.

This situation carried on through summer, leading to an early start to a harvest that proved to be particularly intense and short.

The grapes were harvested from old vines and then carefully transported to the cellar where they were pressed. Alcoholic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks, whereafter the wine was matured for 12 months in cement tanks on its fine lees.

Tasting Notes

The Rótulo Branco 2017 delights the eye with a brilliant and very light lemon colour, and offers aromas which initially present themselves as shy but exceptionally delicate, with notes of pear and white flowers beautifully balanced out by hints of stone. With some body on the palate, this is a silky white wine with beautiful texture provided by the pleasant acidity and citrusy character. It concludes with a long finish full of fruit and fresh herbs. A wine that offers a lot of drinking pleasure on various occasions!

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A

Region

Dão

Soil Type

Granite

Vineyards

Old vines

Average Vine Age

40 to 60 years

Grape Varieties

Encruzado, Borrado das moscas, Rabo de Ovelha and Cercial

Vines per HA

4500 vines

Pruning Method

Royat and Guyot

Altitude (m)

450

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

In cement tanks

Fermentation

In stainless steel tanks

Bottled

September 2018

Ageing

12 months in cement tanks

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

22.7

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

1

Alcohol (%)

12.5

pH

3.26

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.27

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.35

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

20

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

120

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.991

Production

6000 bottles

Allergens

Sulfite

Food Suggestions

Delicate fish, salads and all types of white meat. Hard cheeses with a mild flavour.

Suitable for Vegans & Vegetarians

yes

Bottle

Box

30.5 17.5 26.5 × 6 7650 cardboard

Palette

120 80 × 5 Rows 90 Boxes

As part of our mission to honour biodiversity, we have been recovering various old white grape vineyards in Dão, going beyond than just Encruzado – the predominant variety of the region. The Rótulo Branco is a blend of almost extinct varieties such as Borrado das Moscas, Rabo de Ovelha and Cercial, among others. Without any influence from oak, we have created a delicate, light and well-balanced wine which reflects the granitic soils that are so typical of this region.

Vinification

The 2019 vintage was a very balanced year in the Dão. Much like in the Bairrada region, the incidence of disease was very low and there was almost no need to treat the vines. The dry and extremely hot conditions in the summer caused the grapes to ripen early: harvesting began on 28 August and ended on 29 September.

In our opinion, it was a good year, with balanced acidity and more colour intensity than usual. Fermentation occurred as expected, with slightly higher alcohol levels that in previous vintages, without however compromising the freshness and elegance of the wines in general.

Tasting Notes

Displaying a very delicate lemon colour, the Rótulo Branco 2019 has a fresh aromatic profile where white blossoms mingle seamlessly with some nuances of terroir. A full mouth feel makes this an appealing wine with texture supported a beautiful acidity and citrusy flavours. The wine finishes long, with some last hints of fresh fruit and herbs. A wine which will enliven many different occasions!

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A

Region

Dão

Wine Color

White

Soil Type

Granite

Vineyards

Old vines

Average Vine Age

40 to 60 years

Grape Varieties

Encruzado, Borrado das moscas, Rabo de Ovelha and Cercial

Vines per HA

4500 vines

Pruning Method

Royat and Guyot

Altitude (m)

450-600

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

In cement tanks

Fermentation

In stainless steel tanks

Bottled

April 2020

Ageing

7 months in cement tanks

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

19.3

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

0.3

Alcohol (%)

12.6

pH

3.24

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

6.01

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.37

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

35

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

94

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.989

Production

20 000 Bottles

Allergens

Sulfite

Food Suggestions

Delicate fish, salads and all types of white meat. Hard cheeses with a mild flavour.

Suitable for Vegans & Vegetarians

yes

Bottle

Box

30.5 17.5 26.5 × 6 7650 cardboard

Palette

120 80 × 5 Rows 90 Boxes