Redoma is like the Douro, with character and strong personality: a wine with great structure, fine tannins and huge persistence. Redoma is produced from several vineyards located in Cima Corgo Region. These are over 60 year old vineyards mainly north facing where we can find a typical field blend of Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela and Tinto Cão. At Niepoort we feel Redoma is the perfect Douro ambassador.
With Redoma we try, every year, to express what we consider the Douro character, the edgy tannins represent the wilderness and the steepness of the vineyards, the strong character results from the mountain hard viticulture; the mineral notes express the schist’s soils of the region, and the rich aroma, the sunny summer days in the Region. Redoma was the first Douro still wine produced by Niepoort in 1991, 21 years later, many things have changed in Douro but Redoma has kept its character.
Produced from several north facing old vineyards over 60 years old, located in the Cima Corgo Region, the geographic center of the region, the blends in the different vineyards include Tinta Amarela, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão.
2010 was uncommonly wet during winter and early spring, with heavy rains during these months. As a consequence the yields were high and we had to deal with a strong disease pressure on the vineyard. The maturation period was very hot and dry, but fortunately, light rain in the first days of September helped, especially on the older and high altitude vineyards, contributing to a balanced maturation process.
After a careful selection in the vineyards and winery, the grapes were fermented partially in stainless steel small vats with a long maceration and a small part in traditional stone lagares where the grapes were gently foot treaded. In some of the wines, 20% to 50% of stems were used in order to obtain a fresher character. 70% of the wine aged in French oak barrels, and 30% in old 2000l oak vats where they have done malolactic fermentation.