Tinta AmarelaTinta Amarela

Our Tinta Amarela vineyard is 30 years old, planted in a 2-row “patamar” system. This wine was produced according to organic principles and certified as such in 2018. It is the first time that Niepoort has crafted a 100% Tinta Amarela wine.

Tinta Amarela is not a very popular grape variety among viticulturists in the Douro as it has very thin skins and therefore easily succumbs to disease. In the cellar, Tinta Amarela is a grape which offers plenty of spicy notes and a pronounced vegetal character. The time of harvest is of utmost importance in order to strike the right balance between these two components.

Vinification

2016 brought a cold and rainy spring – inevitably affecting the growth and development cycle of the vines. An extremely dry summer followed, with marked differences between day and night temperatures.

After the harvest, the wine fermented in conical stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures and with the lowest possible level of extraction. Malolactic fermentation occurred in older French barrels where the wine also matured for a further 22 months.

Tasting Notes

A light ruby colour, delicate aromas of fresh red fruits and a vegetal character typical of Tinta Amarela characterise this wine.

The palate is crisp, lively and intense with red fruit notes and noticeable but well-integrated tannins. The wine offers a long finish and promises good cellaring potential.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Shist

Vineyards

Quinta de Nápoles

Average Vine Age

30 years

Grape Varieties

Tinta Amarela

Vines per HA

4000

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

400-600

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picking

Malolactic

In French oak barrels

Fermentation

In stainless steel tanks

Bottled

May 2018

Ageing

22 months in French oak barrels

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

23.5

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

0.6

Alcohol (%)

11.7

pH

3.48

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.9

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.7

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

30

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

127

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.99

Production

6600 bottles

Allergens

Sulfite

Food Suggestions

Good food pairings include traditional fare such as Portuguese feijoada pork and beans, rabbit, red meat, dishes with pulses as well as other cuisines of the world which are prepared with plenty of spices. Vegetarian suggestions: dishes based on root vegetables (turnips, sweet potatoes and beetroot) or pulses (chickpeas, beans and peas) and cheese.

Suitable for Vegans

yes

Bottle

Box

16 31 23.5 × 6 9800 cardboard

Palette

120 80 × 13 Rows 100 Boxes