Speaking of wines from the north of Portugal and not mentioning the Niepoort family is almost impossible. This family of Dutch origin” lives “on the banks of the Douro for over 170 years: it was in 1842 that the first Niepoort arrived in Portugal. But it was necessary reach the fifth generation so that Dirk Niepoort has tasted the “Port of Closest Perfection.” This is Vintage 2017, a nectar where “balance, harmony, concentration, tannin quality and freshness” are the 2017 was an unusually hot year with little rainfall, but the harvest had not been as high as usual, and the cold nights helped the whole process, ”says Dirk Niepoort. of the wine that the producer considers to be the closest to perfection he has ever tasted, made from ‘old vines, aged 60 to 100 years in the Cima Corgo’, one of the demarcated sub-regions of the Douro.
As Dirk Niepoort explains, this Vintage 2017 was made “with grapes from co-planted vineyards, trodden on foot in 100% stems granite mills”. Then the wine grew old in ‘barrels in the Douro during the winter and was then moved to the wineries in Vila Nova de Gaia in March 2018,’ recalls the producer.