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Niepoort Redoma Tinto 2010 £32.00
Niepoort Redoma Tinto 2010
With Redoma Niepoort try, every year, to express what they consider the Douro character, the edgy tannins represent the wilderness and the steepness of the vineyards, the strong character results from the mountain hard viticulture; the mineral notes express the schist’s soils of the region, and the rich aroma, the sunny summer days in the Region. Redoma was the first Douro still wine produced by Niepoort in 1991, 21 years later, many things have changed in the Douro but Redoma has kept its character.
Produced from some north-facing old vineyards over 60 years old, located in the Cima Corgo region, the geographic centre of the region, the blends in the different vineyards include Tinta Amarela, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão.
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.
After a careful selection in the vineyards and winery, the grapes were fermented partially in stainless steel small vats with long maceration and a small part in traditional stone Lagares where the grapes were gently foot trodden. In some of the wines, 20% to 50% of stems were used to obtain a fresher character. 70% of the wine aged in French oak barrels, and 30% in old 2000l oak vats where they have done malolactic fermentation.
Deep colour, with intense fresh black fruit notes and a balsamic herbaceous aroma reminding the native Mediterranean flora we can find in the Region. A strong mineral character with a wet stone aroma, and stems notes, very rich and complex. In the palate, is wild with great complexity. Tannins are present but very well integrated and combined with refreshing acidity. Very long after taste, great presence with great ageing potential.