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The Muscat variety is for Dirk Niepoort one of the great varieties of the world.
Portugal has a long tradition of producing Moscatel, especially in the regions
of Setubal and Douro – Favaios - where the variety is Moscatel Petit Grains.
At Niepoort the records show that the production of Moscatel began around the 1920s.
Although we had a long tradition of producing it, for bureaucratic
reasons it slowly disappeared.
In 2000, we decided to recover Moscatel. The Niepoort style is a full-bodied
wine with a good structure and high acidity level to balance the sugar content
and guaranty a fresh wine.
In 2000 we had a small crop, due to poor flowering but with high skin to juice
ratios as a result. Apart from one day when it rained on 28th September the
harvest was carried out under ideal conditions with fine days and cool nights.
The grapes were picked almost under ripened to guaranty a high acidity level.
Vinified in lagares, with 100% stems, this wine aged in old casks (pipes) and
10% in new French oak barrels.
Fresh, vibrant and aromatic, with typical orange peel Muscat notes. Great body
and structure, but with an incredible lightness and freshness due to the high