Gestolen Fiets Straaten BrancoGestolen Fiets Straaten Branco

After the successful introduction in 2004 of Gestolen Fiets, drawn by Willem Holtrop, the well-known Dutch artist Peter van Straaten designed an entire new label in 2014. Famous for his oneliners in this new cartoon he suggests an entire story that is entirely up to the reader to interpret.

Vinification

The 2013 harvest began on the 19th August, earlier than usual, in order to safeguard acidity levels and avoid high alcohol levels. The year was particularly productive, around 25% more than the previous year. The decision to start harvesting earlier turned out to be the right one, since all the main vines had been harvested before heavy rain began to fall on the 27th September.

The grapes, from vines growing on the right bank of the Douro, were transported at night in a refrigerated truck. After careful selection on arrival at the winery, they were gently pressed at a low temperature to avoid oxidation and extraction of gross lees.

After decantation for around 24 hours, 10% of the must was fermented in French oak barrels and the remainder in stainless steel vats for eight months, with indigenous yeasts. The wine was bottled on the 19th May 2014.

Tasting Notes

The 2013 vintage boasts a delicate finesse and elegance. The aroma is decidedly mineral, with fresh fruit and spring flower notes. On the palate it is complex yet fresh, light yet concentrated, with a very balanced acidity. The long finish, marked by citrus notes, is both fresh and refreshing. Perfect for a wide range of occasions.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Mica-Schist

Vineyards

Several

Average Vine Age

20 to 50 years old

Grape Varieties

Rabigato, Códega do Larinho, Gouveio, Dona Branca, Viosinho, Bical and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

550-700

Harvest Period

August/September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

None

Fermentation

Stainless steel vats (75%) and French oak barrels (25%)

Bottled

May 2014

Ageing

Stainless steel vats and French oak barrels

Dry Extract

16.7

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

1.4

Alcohol (%)

12.5

pH

3.39

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.2

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.4

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

11

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

47

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.9883

Food Suggestions

Grilled and baked fish, pasta with seafood, white meat.

After the successful introduction in 2004 of Gestolen Fiets, drawn by Willem Holtrop, the well-known Dutch artist Peter van Straaten designed an entire new label in 2014. Famous for his oneliners in this new cartoon he suggests an entire story that is entirely up to the reader to interpret.

Vinification

The weather conditions of the viticultural year 2015 were very favourable, with sun, a warm temperature and low humidity, allowing a homogeneous vegetative growth. One of the particular features of this viticultural year was the vineyard ability to remain hydrated during ripening. In late August, early September, the basal leaves still remained green and moist, with hydrated berries and a thick, firm skin. The balance of the musts, the softness of the tannins, and the intense colour concentration indicate that this is an exceptional year.

The grapes were transported at night in a refrigerated truck, and after careful selection on arrival at the winery, they were gently pressed at a low temperature to avoid oxidation and extraction of gross lees.

After natural decantation for around 24 hours, 15% of the must was fermented in French oak barrels and the remainder in stainless steel vats for 8 months. The wine was bottled in May 2016.

Tasting Notes

Although young and moderate in the aroma, the balance and harmony of the 2015 harvest are remarkable. With fresh, delicate, and decidedly mineral aroma, the citrine fruits and fresh herbs notes stand out. On the palate, it is enveloping and very elegant, with good acidity. The finish is fresh with good citric and mineral notes. A young, lively, and very easy-drinking white. Perfect for a wide range of occasions.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Mica-Schist

Vineyards

Several

Average Vine Age

40 to 70 years

Grape Varieties

Rabigato, Códega do Larinho, Gouveio, Donzelinho, Viosinho and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

550-700

Harvest Period

August/September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

None

Fermentation

Stainless steel vats (75%) and French oak barrels (25%)

Bottled

May 2016

Ageing

Stainless steel vats and French oak barrels

Dry Extract

17.7

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

0.8

Alcohol (%)

12.5

pH

3.27

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.1

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.3

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

32

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

89

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.9888

Food Suggestions

Grilled and baked fish, pasta with seafood, white meat.

After the successful introduction in 2004 of Gestolen Fiets, drawn by Willem Holtrop, the well-known Dutch artist Peter van Straaten designed an entire new label in 2014. Famous for his oneliners in this new cartoon he suggests an entire story that is entirely up to the reader to interpret.

Vinification

The 2016 vintage proved to be very atypical, with a warm and rainy winter, a cool and very wet spring and an extremely hot and dry summer. The weather conditions led to very early budburst (around 2 weeks early), followed nevertheless by a delay in the vegetative cycle during spring, especially with regard to véraison, which occurred approximately 2 weeks later than usual.

Sourced from vines planted on the right bank of the Douro River at an altitude of 550 to 700m, the grapes were transported to the cellar at night under temperature-controlled conditions. Upon arrival, the grapes were sorted and gently pressed at low temperatures in order to avoid oxidation and too much extraction.

After being left to settle naturally for approximately 24 hours, 30% of the must fermented in used French barriques and the remainder fermented in stainless steel tanks for 8 months. The wine fermented with indigenous yeasts and was bottled in May 2017.

Tasting Notes

Although this wine is still very young, it is already showing beautiful balance and harmony, with delicate, fresh and mineral aromas as well as citrus and fresh herbal notes peeking out from the background. The palate is intriguing, and shows good acidity levels. This is a white wine which is well-structured without seeming too heavy, culminating in an elegant finish with delightful notes of citrus and minerality. It offers youth, vivacity and great drinkability, making it a perfect white wine for various occasions.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Mica-Schist

Vineyards

Several

Average Vine Age

20 to 50 years old

Grape Varieties

Rabigato, Códega do Larinho, Gouveio, Dona Branca, Viosinho, Bical and others

Vines per HA

4000-6000

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

550-700

Harvest Period

August/September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

None

Fermentation

Stainless steel vats (75%) and French oak barrels (25%)

Bottled

May 2017

Ageing

Stainless steel vats and French oak barrels

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

1.4

Alcohol (%)

12.3

pH

3.3

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.5

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

43

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

97

Food Suggestions

Grilled or roasted fish, seafood pastas, white meats.