Niepoort 'Conciso', 2015
Style/ Colour Red
Grape varieties Baga (40%), Jaen (30%), others (30%)
The producer Niepoort Port house was founded in 1842 and is now run by the 5th generation of the family, brother and sister Dirk and Verena Niepoort. This pair has revolutionised wine production in Portugal, exploring terroir, experimenting relentlessly and combining centuries-old tradition with innovation.
Winemaking The wine fermented in lagares, with 50% of stems and a long maceration period, but without excessive extraction. It fermented for 25 days and aged for 20 months in a large 2500L wooden barrel before being bottled unfiltered and unfined.
Tasting notes Light in colour, with violet hues. Fresh mineral aromas, with fruits of the forest, flowers and spice (pepper and clove). Medium intensity on the palate with a fresh fruit character and silky tannins. This is a wine with presence, elegance and great freshness – a pure representation of the Dão appellation, with beautiful acidity and balance. The finish is long, layered and delicate.
Food pairing Braised rabbit, venison or Portuguese duck and rice. Bar Douro’s spatchcock quail would match perfectly with this wine as would most game or poultry.
Serving recommendations Decant and serve just below room temperature 16-18ºC.
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