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Colheitas are dated Tawnies aged in small casks. The minimum age requirement is 7 years, but the tradition at Niepoort is to age several more years before bottling. The wine takes on a Tawny hue. Wood and nutty tones are evident on the palate due to the wine’s slow ageing in old casks. Colheita goes well with dry fruits desserts and the portuguese "Leite Creme queimado". As a starter, the combination with foie gras is impressive.
In this memorable year of the beginning of the 20th century, it snowed in the Douro region in February and March and the vines were one month delayed, in its cycle, when spring arrived. The weather warmed up in mid-April, but the temperatures only increased in late July, beginning of August, when temperatures reached 42 °C. In the 2nd half of August the weather cooled down and the rain fell for 10 days. During harvest it also rained on the 2nd half of September.
The irregular weather of this year, with some high quality wines, was the key to, a very careful selection of the wines and an aging process in barrels of 550 to 600 L that took place over a long period in order to increase the concentration and overall qualities of this Colheita.
Despite of its age, this Colheita shows some depth in colour, with amber and green hints. The aroma
takes us into an endless journey, with deep smoke aromas accompanied by dried fruit and roasted coffee
notes. On the palate, shows notes of plum and dried fig with traces of vanilla, very delicate and elegant.
The aftertaste is endless and exceptional. An unforgettable experience.
Producer Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.
Soil Type Schist
Vineyards Vale do Pinhão and Ferrão
Average Vine Age Over 60 years
Touriga Nacional,Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others.
Vines per HA 4000-6000
Harvest Period September
Harvest Method Hand picked
Fermentation Lagares/Foot Treading
Ageing Small old oak casks (550, 600 l)
Residual Sugar 142.69
Sweet suggestions: Dry fruits, dry nuts, almonds, raisins, peaches, apricots, etc. Desserts based on eggs, pies with dry fruits, coffee, vanilla. Slightly chilled it can also be used as aperitif.
Port Vintage Report: A great Vintage, in terms of quality and quantity. Delicate and harmonious wines though with less colour and body than the more famous Vintages. Almost all companies declared production. Late harvest, in late September and early October, with good weather after a few days of rain.
Declared by almost all producers, Ernest Cockburn said the wines showed “great delicacy with appreciable breed, and though lighter in colour and body than many previous vintages they appealed to the connoisseurs of Port Wine”. Tasted at over 100 years old, these Ports still have life and are delicate and fine.
Recommended glass shape
Average Bottle Price
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