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Fulfilling a Dirk Niepoort’s dream, TURRiS is a wine made from an old vineyard with more than 130 years without any pruning method, facing south, in Cima Corgo, Douro.

The wine aged for 15 months in barrels (Fuder) with more than 60 years, carefully brought from Mosel, Germany.

Apart from considering that this is an uncomparable wine, each bottle is unique since all labels were directly drawn on paper, individually, by the artist João Noutel.

We believe that the iconographic and metaphorical component of the creative universe of his work, exploring, in a somewhat ironic way, some paradoxes and human contradictions, such as desire, tension, happiness, has in this TURRiS a similar representation of audacity and optimism, elegance and sobriety, in a perfect connection of the present with the past.

Each copy includes a reproduction of a detail of the labels, numbered and signed by João Noutel.

In this partnership between wine and contemporary art, we believe that TURRiS is a special, elegant, and delicate wine, with a truly unique complexity.

The magnum and double magnum bottles have also the peculiarity of having the signature of all employees of Niepoort.

Vinification

2012 was characterised by low rainfall in the Douro region. Consequently, vines were on average two weeks behind their normal growth cycle in previous years. On the other hand, very low temperatures were recorded in the winter, resulting in consistent and balanced growth. The ripening period was cooler than normal, leading to a good balance between sugar and acidity, an essential factor for a fresh and balanced palate. The grapes were all harvested on 11 September.

Fermentation was in stainless steel tanks, with 25% of stems. The period of contact between solids and liquids lasted 5 weeks in a delicate process with very light maceration and limited extraction.

Turris aged for 15 months in two 1000-litre barrels with more than 60 years old and which were carefully brought from the Mosel region in Germany. The wine was bottled without fining or filtering.

Tasting Notes

The intense youthful colour, slightly open, leads us to a deep, markedly mineral and crystalline aroma. It is impressive in its purity and finesse, with fresh, red fruit and a spring-like floral note. In the mouth it is fresh, silky but with great tension. Its elegance in a combination of minerality and tannin structure demonstrates matchless complexity. With its particularly long finish, this is a wine that is “chewable” without being heavy, offering a true taste of the past.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Wine Color

Red

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Single vineyard

Average Vine Age

More than 130 years

Grape Varieties

Various

Vines per HA

8000

Pruning Method

Gobelet

Altitude (m)

450

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Yes

Fermentation

Stainless steel

Bottled

December 2013

Ageing

15 months in used barrels

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

26.8

Alcohol (%)

13

pH

3.56

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.7

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

18

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

54

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

1

Production

2.207 bottles

The grapes from the “Torre” vineyard have always been intended for the “Batuta”, as they add to the complexity and depth of this wine in a very special way. However, in 2012, Dirk Niepoort decided to fulfil his dream and vinify this unique vineyard separately for the first time.

The TURRIS is therefore a wine from the Cima Corgo region, more specifically from a very old South-facing vineyard whose vines are more than 130 years old and grow completely untrained. After maturing for 20 months in over 60-year-old Fuder barrels originating from the Mosel region, the wine then spent a further 18 months maturing in bottle.

Vinification

The 2013 harvest began on 19 August – much earlier than usual – with the aim of maintaining good acidity levels and avoiding high alcohol contents. It was a very productive vintage, with 25% higher yields than in the previous year. The decision to harvest the most important vineyards early proved to be a judicious one as there was heavy rainfall on 27 September.

Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks, with 25% of the stalks. The must remained in contact with the cap for 5 weeks, which allowed for a very gentle maceration and kept extraction under control.

The “Turris” was matured for 20 months in two 1000-litre German Fuder barrels, both more than 60 years old. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered in June 2015.

Tasting Notes

While its youthful and intense colour is slightly lighter than that of the 2012 vintage, this wine offers deep aromas, great complexity and a crystalline minerality. It impresses with its purity and finesse, delighting with fresh red berry notes as well as hints of spice. On the palate, the wine is fresh and velvety, vibrating with tension. The balance between its minerality and tannin structure results in an incomparable complexity and elegance, culminating in its lasting, elegant and expressive finish. It is “chewy” without being heavy – a wine that takes us on a journey to a bygone era.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Wine Color

Red

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Single Vineyard

Average Vine Age

more than 130 years

Grape Varieties

Various

Vines per HA

8000

Pruning Method

Goblet

Altitude (m)

450

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Manual

Malolactic

yes

Fermentation

Inox

Bottled

June 2015

Ageing

20 months in old 1000-litre German Fuder barrels

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

0.6

Alcohol (%)

12.5

pH

3.65

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.7

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.6

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

18

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

59

Production

3500 bottles

Fulfilling a Dirk Niepoort’s dream, TURRiS is a wine made from an old vineyard with more than 130 years without any pruning method, facing south, in Cima Corgo, Douro.

After maturing for 12 months in over 60-year-old Fuder barrels originating from the Mosel region, the wine then spent a further 24 months maturing in bottle.

Vinification

The 2014 harvest was slightly lower in production compared with 2013, but certainly made up for it in quality. Harvest began in early September, as usual, in order to maintain the high levels of acidity, balance and freshness. As in the previous year, the early start avoided the rain, later in the month and over ripen fruit in the more exposed vineyards.

After meticulous sorting, alcoholic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks, with approximately 20% whole bunches. We let the juice macerate for 1 month so that we could carefully extract the full potential of the vineyard.

The wine matured in over 60-year-old foudre barrels.

Tasting Notes

The Turris 2014 displays radiant and youthful ruby red hues. Deep aromas and a fantastic, layered complexity harbour beautiful minerality, purity and a delicate character, with notes of redcurrant, blackberry and spice. The wine comes across velvety and fine on the palate, supported by an excellent balance between its tannic structure and minerality. Hints of graphite stemming from the schist soils and some spices, such as pink peppercorn, appear. This is a full-bodied but not heavy wine which possesses an incomparable elegance as well as a long, lingering finish.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A

Region

Douro

Wine Color

Red

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vinha da Torre

Average Vine Age

More 130 years

Grape Varieties

Various

Vines per HA

8000

Pruning Method

Gobelet

Altitude (m)

450

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

In fuders barrels

Fermentation

In stainless steel

Bottled

January 2017

Ageing

16 months in used fuders barrels and 20 months in bottles

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

24.5

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

0.6

Alcohol (%)

11.5

pH

3.52

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.99

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.6

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

20

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

82

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.992

Production

1000 Bottles

Allergens

Sulfite

Food Suggestions

Spicy dishes, pepper steak, and red meat.

Suitable for Vegans & Vegetarians

yes

Bottle

Box

37 12 34 × 3 5491 wood

Palette

80 120 × 4 Rows 76 Boxes

Fulfilling a Dirk Niepoort’s dream, TURRiS is a wine made from an old vineyard with more than 130 years without any pruning method, facing south, in Cima Corgo, Douro.

After maturing for 12 months in over 60-year-old Fuder barrels originating from the Mosel region, the wine then spent a further 24 months maturing in bottle.

Vinification

2016 gave us a cold and rainy Spring, which had an inevitable impact on the growth and development cycle of the vines. An extremely dry Summer ensued, with considerable fluctuations between day and night temperatures.

Harvest mostly took place towards the end of August, and this vintage of the Redoma can be considered as practically perfect thanks to the excellent quality of the fruit from the region. The grapes were perfectly healthy and showed good acidic structure.

Fermentation was in stainless steel tanks, with 30% of stems. The period of contact between solids and liquids lasted 5 weeks in a delicate process with very light maceration and limited extraction.

Tasting Notes

With its violet colour and ruby hints, the Turris 2016 comes across astoundingly fresh and linear. Spicy aromas with notes of pink peppercorn and plenty of minerality mingle with hints of cassis and graphite from the schist soils. The palate impresses with electric tension and elegance as well as a lingering finish.

The Turris 2016 is a wine which distinguishes itself through its complexity and the unique character of an ancient Douro vineyard.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A

Region

Douro

Wine Color

Red

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Single Vineyard

Average Vine Age

More 130 years

Grape Varieties

Various

Vines per HA

8000

Pruning Method

Gobelet

Altitude (m)

450

Harvest Period

August and September

Harvest Method

Hand Picked

Malolactic

In Fuders barrels

Fermentation

In stainless steel

Bottled

December 2017

Ageing

12 months in used fuders barrels and 24 months in bottles

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

24

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

0.6

Alcohol (%)

11.6

pH

3.61

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.5

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.6

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

30

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

96

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.992

Production

2900 bottles

Allergens

Sulfite

Food Suggestions

Spicy dishes, pepper steak, and red meat.

Suitable for Vegans & Vegetarians

yes

Bottle

Box

37 12 34 × 3 5491 wood

Palette

80 120 × 4 Rows 76 Boxes

Fulfilling a Dirk Niepoort’s dream, TURRiS is a wine made from an old vineyard with more than 130 years without any pruning method, facing south, in Cima Corgo, Douro.

After maturing for 16 months in over 60-year-old Fuder barrels originating from the Mosel region, the wine then spent a further 20 months maturing in bottle.

Vinification

The 2017 vintage experienced extreme drought. We had a very early, short and intense harvest, which began on 10 August and ended on 10 September – the earliest we have ever started harvesting at Niepoort!

The grapes stem from a single high-altitude vineyard which provides us with a fantastic balance between sugar content and acidity. We harvested the fruit mid-August in order to maintain freshness in the wine in such a hot year.

After meticulous sorting, alcoholic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks, with approximately 20% whole bunches. We let the juice macerate for 1 month so that we could carefully extract the full potential of the vineyard.

The wine matured in over 60-year-old foudre barrels.

Tasting Notes

The Turris 2017 is a wine which embodies Niepoort’s fresh profile even in a year as hot and dry as 2017. With an intense ruby red colour, the wine offers aromas rich in spices, dark berry fruit and a graphite mineral character typical of schist soils. On the palate, the wine delights with elegance as well as structure, revealing dark fruits of the forest and some green pepper. Vibrant and electric, it culminates in a dry and lingering finish. A complex, one-of-a-kind Douro wine. Decanting recommended.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A

Region

Douro

Wine Color

Red

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vinha da Torre

Average Vine Age

More 130 years

Grape Varieties

Various

Vines per HA

8000

Pruning Method

Gobelet

Altitude (m)

450

Harvest Period

August

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

In fuders barrels

Fermentation

In stainless steel

Bottled

January 2019

Ageing

16 months in used fuders barrels and 20 months in bottles

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

25

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

0.6

Alcohol (%)

13.2

pH

3.64

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.8

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.6

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

15

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

50

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.99

Production

2666 Bottles

Allergens

Sulfite

Food Suggestions

Spicy dishes, pepper steak, and red meat.

Suitable for Vegans & Vegetarians

yes

Bottle

Box

wood