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Niepoort Bioma – Douro Organic Red

£22.30£24.75 inc. VAT

Current Vintage:2013
Bioma has a dark ruby color. The aroma is full of character with wild berry fruit aromas and dark plum and cherry notes, together with fresh herbaceous notes. Strong mineral character with wet stone aromas. The palate is firm, supported by a good acidity and great tannic structure. Very fresh with pure fruit flavor and mineral earthy notes. Very long and persistent aftertaste.

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Niepoort Bioma 2013

Bioma has a dark ruby color. The aroma is full of character with wild berry fruit aromas and dark plum and cherry notes, together with fresh herbaceous notes. Strong mineral character with wet stone aromas. The palate is firm, supported by a good acidity and great tannic structure. Very fresh with pure fruit flavor and mineral earthy notes. Very long and persistent aftertaste.

2010 is the first edition of this wine made entirely with grapes from our own vineyards at Quinta de Nápoles where we practice organic viticulture, currently undergoing the process of certification. Made with our younger vineyards, with 20 years old, the idea was to have less intervention during the winemaking process. The ageing process was made in old wooden big containers recovered from Port wine wood. The goal was to make a pure wine without the oak character, but with elegant and firm tannins.

Food Suggestions

Roast beef (with Yorkshire pudding), Tradicional Portuguese duck rice, tradicional codfish dishes, Magré de canard. Cheese suggestions: Camembert, Sainte Albré, Brie.

Vinification

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.

Fermentation occurred in stainless steel vats with total maceration up to 12 days, with 20% of stems. The ageing and malolactic fermentation was made in 5000l and 2000l old wood casks, for 12 months.

Technical Information

Region:Douro

Soil Type: Schist
Vineyards: Quinta de Nápoles
Average Vine Age: 2o years
Grape Varieties: Tinta Amarela, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Sousão and Touriga Nacional.
Vines Per Ha: 4000
Pruning Method: Royat
Alt. From Sea Level: 100-360
Harvest Period:September
Harvest Method:Hand picked
Malolactic: Old Wooden 2000l and 5000l casks
Fermentation: Stainless steel vats
Bottled: February 2012
Ageing: 12 months in old wooden of 2000l and 5000l
Dry Extract:18 Alcohol (%) :27.1
Residual Sugar (G/DM3): 1.8
Alcohol (%):13
Ph:3.45
Total Acidity (G/Dm3):5.3
Volatile Acidity (G/Dm3):0.5
Free So2 At Bottling (Mg/Dm3):18
Production: 9.114 bottles

About Dirk Niepoort

I regard him as one of the sharpest, most provocative and most thoughtful of all winemakers: always willing to experiment, and with a strong sense of direction that comes from being a student of the world’s great wines. Jamie Goode – http://www.wineanorak.com/dirk_van_der_niepoort.htm

“Dirk van der Niepoort is the New Douro: single-handedly he has cajoled, encouraged, persuaded and hauled the Douro into a D.O.C. age of enlightenment. Substituting his Dutch ancestor’s wooden clogs for fashionable plastic Crocs , with an enigmatic expression concealing dry humour, incisive vision and a passion for fine wine verging on the obsessive, he is the uncrowned king of the Cima Corgo. With irreconcilably curly hair and a complex character, this straight talking Beethoven of the bodega has created more stunning wines than might be thought possible in several oenological lifetimes. Beginning with the massively surly and delinquent Robustus in 1990, whose metamorphosis over more than ten years, from ugly duckling into graceful swan, stunned the wine world, not to mention his sceptical father Rolf. Paradoxically progressing to the refined muscularity of Batuta and Burgundian elegance of Charme, his winemaking virtuosity knows no frontiers and continues to push the boundaries of viticulture. Dirk’s skills are not simply confined to the adega, among his many talents are the respective abilities to combine quality with commercial success, develop stylish marketing and impeccable design, and above all, communicate in a direct and clear fashion.” A good nose – The Douro boys    http://www.agoodnose.com

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Single Bottle, Case of 6 x 750 ml

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