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The name Robustus pays tribute to the first wine that Dirk Niepoort made in 1990 with the same name and which was never released. The inspiration behind Robustus is essentially based on traditional way of ageing the wines longer time in bigger old wood. The idea was to make a wine, which portrays well the Douro and its vineyards, of great structure, with the presence of tannins and acidity giving it vigour and nerve as well as many years of life in bottle. Its ageing in 2000 liters old wood vats for 4 years allows this powerful wine to develop, based on aromatic complexity, the balance of well integrated tannins derived from the length of time ageing and its great acidity.