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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

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Single vineyard

Average Vine Age

More than 130 years

Grape Varieties

Various

Vines per HA

8000

Pruning Method

Gobelet

Alt. from Sea Level

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

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Single Vineyard

Average Vine Age

more than 130 years

Grape Varieties

Various

Vines per HA

8000

Pruning Method

Goblet

Alt. from Sea Level

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