RockyRocky

Since May 2012 all Niepoort Douro wine lovers in Sweden can enjoy the new label edition, created by the Swedish cartoonist Martin Kellerman, known for the comic strip “Rocky”. The story is about an anthropomorphic dog, Rocky, and his friends in their everyday life in Stockholm. Follow up the continuation of this story with Niepoort wines.

Vinification

2010 was uncommonly wet during winter and early spring, with heavy rains during these months. As a consequence there was a high pressure on the vineyard diseases together with higher yields. The maturation period was very hot and dry, but fortunately, light rain in the first days of September as well as the amount of grapes in the vineyards contributed to a balanced maturation process.

The fermentation occurred in stainless still vats, with 8 to 15 days of total skin contact. Only 25% of the wine aged in used French oak barrels and in bigger old wood containers of 3500 L and 500 L during 14 months.

Tasting Notes

Ruby color, with plenty of red fruit and tea leaf aromas. Spicy character with strong pepper notes and a typical mineral aroma of slate soil. Very fresh on the palate with a good length, good structure and well integrated tannins. Great vivacity that enhances the fresh fruit flavors and extends the after taste.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Several

Average Vine Age

10 to 40 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela and others

Vines per HA

4000

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

100-500

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Barrels and stainless steel vats

Fermentation

Stainless steel vats

Bottled

April 2012

Ageing

14 months in French oak barrels and big old wood deposits (25%), stainless steel (75%)

Dry Extract

27.4

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

2.2

Alcohol (%)

13

pH

3.7

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.9

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.6

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

34

Production

50.000 bottles

Since May 2012 all Niepoort Douro wine lovers in Sweden can enjoy the new label edition, created by the Swedish cartoonist Martin Kellerman, known for the comic strip “Rocky”. The story is about an anthropomorphic dog, Rocky, and his friends in their everyday life in Stockholm. Follow up the continuation of this story with Niepoort wines.

Vinification

The agricultural year in 2011 will be remembered for relatively low precipitation during the winter and an unusually early bud burst in March along with the sudden extreme heat in June which literally led to burnt clusters in exposed and early varieties such as Tinta Barroca. Although July and the end of August was relatively cool with some light precipitation in the final days of August and the first few days of September; as of mid September (when picking was well under way) temperatures picked up,luckily higher planted vineyards (the predominant source of fruit for Dialogo ) experienced a slower more even maturation, avoiding the problems of overripe fruit.

The fermentation occurred in stainless steel vats, with 8 to 15 days of total skin contact and 10% of the wine was aged in 225 L used French oak barrels for 18 months.

Tasting Notes

Brick red colour with a lively blue rim,delicate resinous aroma with balsamic notes. A refreshing minerality dominates the palate with hints of spice leading to a firm finish, overall the wine is dominated by freshness and acidity and integration.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Several

Average Vine Age

10 to 40 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela and others

Vines per HA

4000

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

100-500

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Barrels and stainless steel vats

Fermentation

Stainless steel vats

Bottled

April 2013

Ageing

18 months in 225 L used French oak barrels (10%) and the rest in stainless steel.

Dry Extract

30.5

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

0.8

Alcohol (%)

13.5

pH

3.69

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.2

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.6

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

26

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

74

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.9919

Food Suggestions

White meats. Vegetarian suggestions: noodles, pasta dishes.

Since May 2012 all Niepoort Douro wine lovers in Sweden can enjoy the new label edition, created by the Swedish cartoonist Martin Kellerman, known for the comic strip “Rocky”. The story is about an anthropomorphic dog, Rocky, and his friends in their everyday life in Stockholm. Follow up the continuation of this story with Niepoort wines.

Vinification

All agricultural years are different with certain defining moments, in the case of 2012, what probably marked the year, were the first three months, when less than 20 mm of rain fell in the Cima Corgo, while it could be expected that the figure would be nearer 250 mm. Furthermore no rain fell during the month of February. As a consequence the budburst was 15 days later than in the previous year and all the cycle was delayed along with rain in April and May, leading to a troubled fruit set. Intense heat at the end of June meant that exposed clusters suffered from sunburn.  The Summer was not hot and the nights were cooler than usual in the last 2 weeks of August.

The weather during the harvest was fine with rain only on 23rd and 25th of September, luckily the weather cleared again and there was no problems of berry splitting and subsequent rot, in fact the rain benefited fruit quality along with the move to higher altitude vineyards. The low level of winter rainfall during the year and the subsequent low soil humidity meant disease incidence was low and on the whole, fruit being received was sound and free from the effects of mildew and oidium.            

The fermentation occurred in stainless steel vats, with 8 to 15 days of total skin contact and 10% of the wine was aged in 225 L used French oak barrels for 12 months.

Tasting Notes

Red appearance with a very alive purple/red rim. The aroma is dominated by finesse, some unripe fruit character integrated with balsamic notes. On the palate the wine is well structured, uncomplicated and refreshing and the low level of wood contact allows the fruit and minerality of the wine to express itself. The middle palate is quite firm with good depth, while the finish exhibits complexity, medium length and superb freshness and acidity on the finish.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Several

Average Vine Age

10 to 40 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela and others

Vines per HA

4000

Pruning Method

Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

100-500

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Barrels and stainless steel vats

Fermentation

Stainless steel vats

Bottled

November  2013

Ageing

12 months in 225 L used French oak barrels (10%) and the rest in stainless steel.

Dry Extract

28.1

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

1.8

Alcohol (%)

13

pH

3.67

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.8

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.5

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

24

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

62

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.9922

Food Suggestions

White meats. Vegetarian suggestions: noodles, pasta dishes.