The Redoma Tinto was created with the objective of reflecting the beauty as well as the harsh conditions of the Douro Valley. In 2016 Niepoort again strived to produce very light and elegant wines, with a slightly lighter color intensity than in previous years, as well as lower extraction – thanks to the use of whole cluster fermentation and due to an extended maturation period in large wooden vats. The grapes used for this wine stem from old vineyards growing on the left (south, so north facing) side of the Dour River.
Grapes: A field blend of Tinta Amarela, Touriga Franca, Rufete, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão
Soil: Schist hard rock terraces
Vine Age: 70+ years old
Vinification: In lagares with malo in old wood barrels
Maturation: 20 months in old wooden barrels
94-96 pts Mark Squires, Robert Parker 40 year old vines, south/southwest facing, 40k bottles, the one that can grow the most. Purple-red, ruby-red core, 4-5 grapes all co-fermented field blend, used barrels 2-3+-year-old, more delicate fruit character, with red berry, wild strawberry, licorice, earth and rock notes, a foresty note. Beautiful acidity, verve and freshness, dense red and a little blueberry fruit cascade into the finish.