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The love for Burgundy led Dirk Niepoort to plant a hectare of Pinot Noir in the Douro Region. The vineyard was planted in 1999, facing north, on the top of Quinta de Nápoles, with a mixture of clones from Burgundy and with a density of around 12 000 plants per hectare. The soil is schist, typical from this region and distinct from the region where the variety comes from and although the location is the freshest and highest of the property, it’s a challenge, every harvest to produce the wine, as intended: a fresh and elegant wine, not heavy but with a long finish. The wine is normally fermented in wooden vats and every year, part or 100% of the stems are used.
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 grapes fermented in a wooden vat with 50% of stem, and 17 days of maceration. The wine aged 100% in used barrels. It was bottled end of April 2015.
Beautiful red colour with light concentration. On the nose, it presents aromas of red fruits such as strawberry and raspberry and light notes of mature stems. Vibrant and very expressive, it has a fine presence that reminds us of Burgundy. On the palate, compact despite its lightness, being fresh and very seductive, with very silky and appellative tannins, fruit and spice notes typical of this variety. Long finish, with an excellent balance and leaves a very fresh palate, inviting to a second glass. A fine sample of the variety, to the level of Pinot 2006.