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Tiara is a fresh and elegant white wine.The slow fermentation (three to five months) and the altitude of the vines give elegance and freshness, whilst the age of the vines (an average of 60 years) is responsible for its concentration.

Vinification

The hot weather in 2004 and rain in August caused problems in getting grapes with the correct acidity. To overcome this, Tiara was made from grapes grown in high altitude vineyards. After pressing, the must was held at a low temperature for 24 hours before the vinification process was started. The fermentation was very slow (3 months long) and the wine was made using natural yeasts. The wine was aged in stainless steel for 6 months, without malolactic fermentation. In May 2005, when the wine had stabilized, it was bottled.

Tasting Notes

The nose is fine, fresh and elegant with citrus notes. The palate is fresh, light and elegant and is balanced by good acidity. While the wine is without wood, it has a good structure and complexity, with a long and persistent finish.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Different small vineyards

Average Vine Age

40, 60 and more than 80 years

Grape Varieties

Códega, Rabigato, Donzelinho, Viosinho, Arinto and others

Vines per HA

4500

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

650-800

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

None

Fermentation

Stainless steel

Bottled

August 2005

Ageing

6 month in stainless steel

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

23.8

Alcohol (%)

13.9

pH

3.18

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.33

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.34

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

45

Production

5.300 bottles

Food Suggestions

Different types of grilled fish dishes. Vegetarian suggestions: grilled vegetables or salads.

Tiara is a fresh and elegant white wine.The slow fermentation (three to five months) and the altitude of the vines give elegance and freshness, whilst the age of the vines (an average of 60 years) is responsible for its concentration.

Vinification

The year 2005 was specially dry and hot. The light rain in the beginning of September balanced the maturation process in the vineyards. The vines planted at high altitude allow fresh and balanced must even in difficult years.

The grapes were picked up early in September and kindly pressed. The must was decanted at low temperature. The fermentation was very slow (more than 3 months long) and the fermentation was done without yeast inoculation. Ageing and fermentation was in stainless steel for 6 months, without malolactic fermentation.

Tasting Notes

Intense citric notes and fine, fresh aroma with mineral notes. The palate is vivid, with good structure, intense aroma, volume and exceptional lightness. Freshness and elegance sustained by good acidity. Long, persistent finish.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Different small vineyards

Average Vine Age

40, 60 to 80 years

Grape Varieties

Códega, Rabigato, Donzelinho, Viosinho, Arinto and others

Vines per HA

4500

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

650-800

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

None

Fermentation

Stainless steel

Bottled

May 2006

Ageing

6 month in stainless steel

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

19.1

Alcohol (%)

13

pH

3.19

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

3.15

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.39

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

30

Production

10.400 bottles

Food Suggestions

Different types of grilled fish dishes. Vegetarian suggestions: grilled vegetables or salads.

Tiara is a fresh and elegant white wine.The slow fermentation (three to five months) and the altitude of the vines give elegance and freshness, whilst the age of the vines (an average of 60 years) is responsible for its concentration.

Vinification

2006 was a less dry year when compared with the last ones, with a fairly good rain during winter and good humidity level during spring. The maturation started slowly and the rain during middle August was perfect for balance maturation. Although high temperatures occurred during last week of August and first weeks of September, it forced us to start the harvest in the first days of September.

After total destemming, the grapes were kindly pressed. The must was decanted at low temperature.

The fermentation was done without yeast inoculation during four months and ageing and fermentation occured in stainless steel for 6 months, without malolactic fermentation.

Tasting Notes

Citric and green apple notes, apricots and peaches aromas, intense and elegant finish wit mineral character. The palate is vivid, with good structure, intense aroma with tropical fruit notes, great volume and exceptional lightness. Freshness and elegance sustained by good acidity. Long, persistent finish.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Different small vineyards

Average Vine Age

40, 60 to 80 years

Grape Varieties

Códega, Rabigato, Donzelinho, Viosinho, Arinto and others

Vines per HA

6500

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

600-800

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

None

Fermentation

Stainless steel

Bottled

May 2007

Ageing

6 month in stainless steel

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

19.1

Alcohol (%)

14.1

pH

3.3

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.7

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.4

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

30

Production

6.700 bottles

Food Suggestions

Different types of grilled fish dishes. Vegetarian suggestions: grilled vegetables or salads.

Tiara is a fresh and elegant white wine.The slow fermentation (three to five months) and the altitude of the vines give elegance and freshness, whilst the age of the vines (an average of 60 years) is responsible for its concentration.

Vinification

2007 was a fantastic year for Douro wines. After a rainy spring that substantially increased disease incidence in the vineyards,a fresh August led to a slow and balanced maturation process. Harvest was carried out in the absence of rain.

The grapes were harvested in the beginning of September. After total destemming, the grapes were pressed and the juice was decanted for 18 hours. Fermentation took place in small stainless steel tanks for more than four months and malolactic fermentation was blocked after alcoholic fermentation. The wine was bottled in the first week of June.

Tasting Notes

Very mineral and delicate aroma, intense citric and green apple notes, reductive character, great freshness and complexity.

The palate is vibrant, with good structure and high acidity, intense aroma with fresh fruit notes, exceptional lightness with intense mineral notes and very persistent.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Different small vineyards

Average Vine Age

40, 60 to 100 years

Grape Varieties

Códega, Rabigato, Donzelinho, Viosinho, Cercial and others

Vines per HA

6500

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

600-800

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

None

Fermentation

Stainless steel

Bottled

June 2008

Ageing

8 month in stainless steel

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

22.2

Alcohol (%)

12.55

pH

3.15

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

6.21

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.3

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

32

Production

8.016 bottles

Food Suggestions

Different types of grilled fish dishes. Vegetarian suggestions: grilled vegetables or salads.

Tiara is a fresh and elegant white wine.The slow fermentation (three to five months) and the altitude of the vines give elegance and freshness, whilst the age of the vines (an average of 60 years) is responsible for its concentration.

Vinification

2008 was a fresh year ideal for the Douro wines. Similar to 2007, the rain fall during the growing season was important to maintain humidity levels of the soils, that led to longer maturation process. Cold nights during maturation period were very important to maintain fresh aroma character in grapes until harvest. Lower yields than 2007 gave high concentration to all wines.

The grapes were harvested during all month of September. After total destemming, the grapes were pressed and the juice was decanted for 18 hours, fermentation took place in small stainless steel tanks with fine lees for more than four months and malolactic fermentation was blocked after alcoholic fermentation. The wine was bottled in the first week of June.

Tasting Notes

Great complexity, wet stone mineral character, intense citric, green apple and white peaches notes, reductive character, great acidity and complexity. The palate is vibrant and shows intense aroma with fresh fruit, apricot notes, exceptional lightness and volume at the same time, with intense mineral notes and very persistent.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Different small vineyards

Average Vine Age

40, 60 to 100 years

Grape Varieties

Códega, Rabigato, Donzelinho, Viosinho, Cercial and others

Vines per HA

6500

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

600-800

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

None

Fermentation

Stainless steel

Bottled

June 2008

Ageing

8 month in stainless steel

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

20.6

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

4

Alcohol (%)

12.42

pH

3.22

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.67

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.47

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

22

Production

10.200 bottles

Food Suggestions

Different types of grilled fish dishes. Vegetarian suggestions: grilled vegetables or salads.

Tiara is a fresh and elegant white wine.The slow fermentation (three to five months) and the altitude of the vines give elegance and freshness, whilst the age of the vines (an average of 60 years) is responsible for its concentration.

Vinification

2009 was a very fresh year until the beginning of August. A good amount of water in the soil and a cold weather, unusual in the Douro Valley, was leading us to a long maturation season. But incredible high temperatures, from 12th of August onwards, resulted in a very fast maturation process all over the region without any shrivel berry. Harvest started earlier, in the beginning of September.

After hand sorting, the grapes were total destemmed and quickly pressed during the night. The juice was decanted for 24 hours. Fermentation took place in small stainless steel tanks with fine lees for more than four months; malolactic fermentation was blocked after alcoholic fermentation. The wine was bottled in the second week of May.

Tasting Notes

Very complex, intense citric and green apple notes. With a wet stone mineral character, even though coming from a warm year, shows only freshness in the aroma. The palate is vibrant and intense with fresh fruit flavors and exceptional lightness. Dryer than previous versions, Tiara 2009 is marked by its mineral character.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Different small vineyards

Average Vine Age

40, 60 to 100 years

Grape Varieties

Códega, Rabigato, Donzelinho, Viosinho, Cercial and others

Vines per HA

6500

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

600-800

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

None

Fermentation

Stainless steel

Bottled

May 2010

Ageing

8 months in stainless steel

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

17.2

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

1.8

Alcohol (%)

12.9

pH

3.33

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.75

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.35

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

12

Production

19.219 bottles

Food Suggestions

Different types of grilled fish dishes. Vegetarian suggestions: grilled vegetables or salads.

Tiara is a fresh and elegant white wine.The slow fermentation (three to five months) and the altitude of the vines give elegance and freshness, whilst the age of the vines (an average of 60 years) is responsible for its concentration.

Vinification

2010 was uncommonly wet during winter and early spring, with heavy rains during these months. As a consequence the yields were high and we had to deal with a strong disease pressure on the vineyard.

The maturation period was very hot and dry, but fortunately, light rain in the first days of September helped, especially on the older and high altitude vineyards, contributing to a balanced maturation. The grapes were cut on the first days of September.

After cooled truck transportation the grapes were pressed right away after arriving to the winery, at low temperature, without any maceration. The juice was decanted for 24 hours; fermentation took place in small stainless steel tanks with fine lees for more than four months. 10% of the wine was fermented in large old wood barrels and the malolactic fermentation was blocked after alcoholic fermentation. The wine was bottled in the first week of June.

Tasting Notes

Very complex, with intense mineral and citric notes, fresh cut grass aroma and a slight reductive character promising long life in the bottle; smoked notes. The palate, with great freshness, shows the concentration and elegance of very old vineyards. Vibrant and intense is dominated by the mineral character and the citric peel flavor. It is rich and fresh, with a long ageing potential.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Different small vineyards

Average Vine Age

40, 60 to 100 years

Grape Varieties

Códega, Rabigato, Donzelinho, Boal, Cercial and others

Vines per HA

6500

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

600-800

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

None

Fermentation

Stainless steel vats and 10% in used wooden casks

Bottled

June 2011

Ageing

8 months in stainless steel and 10% in old wood

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

16.4

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

2.6

Alcohol (%)

13

pH

3.3

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.29

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.42

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

30

Production

9.688 bottles

Food Suggestions

Different types of grilled fish dishes. Vegetarian suggestions: grilled vegetables or salads.

Tiara is a fresh and elegant white wine.The slow fermentation (three to five months) and the altitude of the vines give elegance and freshness, whilst the age of the vines (an average of 60 years) is responsible for its concentration.

Vinification

Vineyard burst was uncommonly early in 2011, all the cycle was anticipated and harvest started earlier than ever before, nevertheless higher planted vineyards went slower than others, and when harvest was done all wines presented good quantity of malic acid, very important for the freshness in palate of the white wines where malolactic fermentation is not done.

After cooling truck transportation, the grapes are pressed very quickly at low temperature, without any maceration. The juice was decanted for 24 hours, fermentation took place in small stainless steel tanks with fine lees for more than 3 months and 12% of the wine was fermented and aged in used 500 lts oak barrels, malolactic fermentation was blocked after alcoholic fermentation. The wine was bottled in the end of June.

Tasting Notes

Like always, young Tiara is austere but also very complex, intense mineral and citric notes, with white flower and green apples aromas, very delicate peppery notes, is less reductive than previous editions. Palate with very good freshness and elegance, vibrant and intense, is dominated by the mineral character and stone fruit flavor, rich and fresh and persistent with long ageing potential.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Different small vineyards

Average Vine Age

40, 60 to 100 years

Grape Varieties

Códega, Rabigato, Donzelinho, Boal, Cercial and others

Vines per HA

6500

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

600-800

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

None

Fermentation

Stainless steel and 12% in used casks

Bottled

June 2012

Ageing

10 months in stainless steel and 12% in 500l used barrels

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

17.5

Alcohol (%)

13

pH

3.27

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.6

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.4

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

24

Production

9.800 bottles

Food Suggestions

Different types of grilled fish dishes. Vegetarian suggestions: grilled vegetables or salads.

Tiara 2012 differs from the previous editions. A bold, fresh and elegant wine was sought to be created. The excellent acidity of high-altitude vines, combined with the minerality of the soils, gave rise, in 2012, to a wine with a unique energy and a fine and very vibrant profile.

All the heritage is found on the vine, the natural yeast for alcoholic fermentation, its boldness, the fresh and elegant character. Tiara comes from vines that are over 60 years old, planted at 600 metres in altitude, where Códega do Larinho is the dominant grape variety.

This reinvented Tiara also boasts a new image, a more elegant and distinguished bottle and a new capsule.

Vinification

2012 was marked by the lack of rain in the Douro region. As a result, the growing cycle began, on average, 15 days later than in previous years. On the other hand, winter 2012 also saw very low temperatures, which resulted in the good and well balanced growth of the vegetation. The ripening period was cooler than usual, leading to a good balance between sugar and acidity, a key factor for a fresh and balanced taste.

The harvest took place in mid-September. The grapes were transported chilled and pressed during the night. Decanting took place for 24 hours, followed by alcoholic fermentation in large barrels, at a temperature varying between 8-13°C. The low temperature led to the wine fermenting during a year. Malolactic fermentation was carried out, thus differentiating it from its previous editions. Due to natural fermentation conditions, Tiara 2012 has residual sugar.

Tasting Notes

Clear and crystalline colour. The long period of fermentation in barrels has created a very deep and mineral nose. This wine excels for its vegetal character, since its fruit notes are very discreet. Vibrant in the mouth, is very precise and balanced, with the acidity, alcohol and sugar combining perfectly. Unique in its energy and profile, Tiara 2012 promises a long life ahead in the bottle.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Different small vineyards

Average Vine Age

40, 60 to 100 years

Grape Varieties

Códega do Larinho, Rabigato, Donzelinho, Cercial and others

Vines per HA

6500

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

600-800

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Yes

Fermentation

Large capacity oak tonnels

Bottled

December 2013

Ageing

12 months in used barrels

Alcohol (%)

13

pH

3.29

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.8

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.6

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

22

Food Suggestions

Different types of grilled fish dishes. Vegetarian suggestions: grilled vegetables or salads.

After the change of style in Tiara 2012, the challenge was to recreate a white wine of high altitude with the same profile in a challenging year like 2013. With Tiara we long to create a light wine, fine but with great vigor and energy.

All the heritage is found on the vine, the natural yeast for alcoholic fermentation, its boldness, the fresh and elegant character. Tiara comes from vines that are over 60 years old, planted at 600 metres in altitude, where Códega do Larinho is the dominant grape variety.

Vinification

The 2013 harvest began on 19 August, earlier than usual, in order to maintain the high levels of acidity and avoid high degrees of alcohol. It was a more productive year, around 25% better than 2012. The decision to start harvesting earlier turned out to be the right one, since the main vineyards had already been harvested before it started raining heavily on the 27th September.

The vineyards that gave rise to Tiara were harvested in mid-September. The grapes were transported chilled and pressed during the night. Decanting took place for 24 hours, followed by alcoholic fermentation in large barrels, at a temperature varying between 8-13°C. The low temperature led to the wine fermenting during a year. Malolactic fermentation was carried out.

Tasting Notes

The long fermentation in barrel gives Tiara 2013 a very complex, deep, and mineral aroma. Very discreet in the notes of stone fruits, citrus and with light medicinal notes. Very vibrant in the mouth, with a very unique style, where sugar and acidity are in perfect harmony. Fresh, light and very accurate, with a strong mineral component. Ending full of energy, with good citrus notes. A wine that is a pleasure to drink while young to feel all the energy, but that will have a long and healthy life in the cellar.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Several small vineyards

Average Vine Age

40, and 60 to 100 years

Grape Varieties

Códega do Larinho, Rabigato, Donzelinho, Cercial and others

Vines per HA

6500

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

600-800

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Yes

Fermentation

Large capacity barrels

Bottled

December 2014

Ageing

12 months in used barrels

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

17.5

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

1.9

Alcohol (%)

13

pH

3.26

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.9

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.7

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

35

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

80

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.988

Food Suggestions

Different types of grilled fish dishes. Seafood and white meats. Vegetarian suggestions: grilled vegetables or salads.

Tiara is a white wine of high altitude, a light wine, fine but with great vigor and energy. The entire heritage is found on the vine, the natural yeast for alcoholic fermentation, and the fresh and elegant character. Tiara comes from vines that are over 60 years old, planted at 600 metres in altitude, where Códega do Larinho is the dominant grape variety.

Vinification

The viticultural year 2014 was characterised as a year of lower quantity but higher quality. Due to the large amount of water in the soil, accumulated during winter and spring, everything indicated an early year. Indeed, the maturation phase occurred early, allowing us to start the harvest in August. At Quinta de Nápoles, most of the parcels were harvested within a fine weather period between 23 August and 21 September.

The vineyards that gave rise to Tiara were harvested in mid-September. The grapes were transported chilled and pressed during the night. Decanting took place for 24 hours, followed by alcoholic fermentation in large barrels, at a temperature varying between 8-13°C. The wine fermented during a year and malolactic fermentation was carried out.

Tasting Notes

Tiara 2014 shows a beautiful crystalline colour. It presents complex and deep aroma, thanks to the long fermentation in barrel. Subtle but very elegant, it is a wine where the stone fruit is in plain harmony with notes of fresh herbs. On the palate, impresses for its with huge structure fully-balanced with a vibrant acidity that makes the wine light, precise and very delicate. Very long and mineral finish.

A wine that is a pleasure to drink while young to feel all the energy, but that will have a long life in the cellar.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Several small vineyards

Average Vine Age

40, and 60 to 100 years

Grape Varieties

Códega do Larinho, Rabigato, Donzelinho, Cercial and others

Vines per HA

6500

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

600-800

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Yes

Fermentation

Large capacity barrels

Bottled

December 2015

Ageing

12 meses em barricas usadas

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

17.7

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

0.9

Alcohol (%)

12.36

pH

3.16

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.7

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.4

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

27

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

83

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.9888

Food Suggestions

Different types of grilled fish dishes. Seafood and white meats. Vegetarian suggestions: grilled vegetables or salads.

The Tiara is a light white wine whose elegance, firm grip and vibrant energy bear witness to its origin: high-altitude sites belonging solely to Niepoort, planted with vines older than 60 years. The vineyards are situated at 600 metres above sea level, and Códega do Larinho is the predominant grape variety. As it is fermented with natural yeasts, the wine retains its fresh and elegant character.

Vinification

The 2015 vintage presented us with very favourable weather conditions: plenty of sunshine and warmth but without too much moisture, ideal for even growth. One of this year’s peculiarities was the vines’ ability to remain hydrated during the ripening stage. At the end of August and beginning September the basal leaves were still moist and green, the berries well-hydrated and the grape skins thick and firm.

The vines from which the Tiara was crafted were harvested mid-September. The grapes were transported to the cellar under temperature-controlled conditions and pressed during the night. The must was left to settle for 24 hours before being left to ferment in large wooden vats at temperatures of 8°C to 13°C. The wine fermented for a whole year and underwent malolactic fermentation.

Tasting Notes

The 2015 Tiara displays a beautiful crystalline colour. Its aromatic profile is more restrained and austere than in previous vintages, but offers plenty of complexity and depth thanks to its long fermentation period in the wooden vats. Subtle but very elegant, the wine is superbly balanced with notes of white fruit and fresh herbs against a mineral backdrop. The palate boasts an impressive structure complemented by a vibrant acidity which gives a delicate, light wine with great precision. The finish is very long and full of minerality. This is a wine which can be enjoyed in its youth to experience its vibrant energy, but it also promises to develop beautifully in bottle.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Various small parcels

Average Vine Age

40, 60 and 100 years

Grape Varieties

Códega do Larinho, Rabigato, Donzelinho, Cercial and others

Vines per HA

6500

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

600-800

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

yes

Fermentation

In large wooden vats

Bottled

January 2017

Ageing

12 months in wooden vats

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

1.2

Alcohol (%)

12

pH

3.19

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.8

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.4

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

32

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

72

Food Suggestions

Grilled fish, shellfish and white meats. Vegetarian suggestions: vegetable stir-fry and salads.

The Tiara is a light white wine whose elegance, firm grip and vibrant energy bear witness to its heritage: high-altitude sites planted with vines older than 60 years. The vineyards are situated at 600 metres above sea level, and Códega do Larinho is the predominant grape variety. As it is fermented with natural yeasts, the wine retains its fresh and elegant character.

Vinification

The 2016 vintage proved to be very atypical, with a warm and rainy winter, a cool and very wet spring and an extremely hot and dry summer. The weather conditions led to very early budburst (around 2 weeks early), followed nevertheless by a delay in the vegetative cycle during spring, especially with regard to véraison, which occurred approximately 2 weeks later than usual.

The vines from which the Tiara was crafted were harvested mid-September. The grapes were transported to the cellar under temperature-controlled conditions and pressed during the night. The must was left to settle for 24 hours before being left to ferment in large wooden vats at temperatures of 8°C to 13°C. The wine fermented for a whole year and underwent malolactic fermentation.

Tasting Notes

The 2016 Tiara displays a beautiful crystalline colour. Its aromatic profile is more restrained and austere than in previous vintages, but offers plenty of complexity and depth thanks to its long fermentation period in the wooden vats. Subtle but very elegant, the wine is superbly balanced with notes of white fruit and fresh herbs against a mineral backdrop. The palate boasts an impressive structure complemented by a vibrant acidity which gives a delicate, light wine with great precision. The finish is very long and full of minerality. This is a wine which can be enjoyed in its youth to experience its vibrant energy, but it also promises to develop beautifully in bottle.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Various small vineyard sites

Average Vine Age

40, 60 to 100 years

Grape Varieties

Códega do Larinho, Rabigato, Donzelinho, Cercial and others

Vines per HA

6500 vines

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

600-800m above sea level

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand-picking

Malolactic

Yes

Fermentation

In large barrels

Bottled

January 2018

Ageing

In large barrels

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

16.4

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

1.6

Alcohol (%)

13

pH

3.34

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.3

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.6

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

24

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

62

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.99

Production

4800 bottles/0.75l

Allergens

Sulphites

Food Suggestions

Grilled fish, seafood and white meats. Vegetarian pairings: vegetable stir-fry and salads.

Bottle

Box

33.4 18.4 × 6 8321.6 cardboard

Palette

120 80 × 4 Rows 76 Boxes

The Tiara is a light white wine whose elegance, firm grip and vibrant energy bear witness to its heritage: high-altitude sites planted with vines older than 60 years. The vineyards are situated at 600 metres above sea level, and Códega do Larinho is the predominant grape variety. As it is fermented with natural yeasts, the wine retains its fresh and elegant character.

Vinification

The 2017 growing year was quite warm and dry, so we decided to harvest early in order to maintain the characteristic Tiara freshness in the wine. Harvesting began at the end of August and ended beginning September. To preserve all the freshness from our high-altitude vineyards, the harvested fruit was transported chilled to the Quinta de Nápoles where it was pressed gently into a stainless steel tank, with the juice left to settle in the cool cellar for 24 hours.

After settling, the must was transferred into 1000L and 3000L wooden barrels where it spontaneously fermented, went through malolactic fermentation and aged under temperature-controlled conditions for approximately one year.

Tasting Notes

The 2017 Tiara displays a beautiful crystal-clear colour. Deeply mineral and austere, it offers notes of white fruit and blossoms.

Thanks to the long fermentation period in barrels, this is a white wine with a very subtle and reserved aromatic profile which unfurls in the glass with some time and air to show its full complexity and character. The palate boasts impressive structure, balance and vibrant acidity which renders the wine light, linear and very delicate. The finish is very elegant, long and full of minerality. This wine is an absolute pleasure to drink young after decanting as it makes all its energy felt, but it equally promises fantastic ageing potential.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Various small vineyard sites

Average Vine Age

40, 60 and 100 years

Grape Varieties

Códega do Larinho, Rabigato, Donzelinho, Cercial and others

Vines per HA

6500

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

600

Harvest Period

August and September

Harvest Method

Handpicked

Malolactic

Yes

Fermentation

In large Barrels

Bottled

January 2019

Ageing

In large Barrels

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

20.1

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

2.6

Alcohol (%)

13.4

pH

3.24

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.2

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.5

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

28

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

65

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.98

Production

6125 Bottles

Allergens

Sulfitos

Food Suggestions

Grilled fish, seafood and white meats. Vegetarian pairings: vegetable stir-fry and salads.

Bottle

Box

33.4 18.4 × 6 8321.6 cardboard

Palette

120 80 × 4 Rows 76 Boxes