There are several icon wines that can be considered the top wines of Portugal, and for several reasons. Turris from Niepoort just might be THE Unicorn wine of Portugal. South facing, in the Cima Corgo area and planted more than 130 years ago, this is one of the oldest known Douro vineyards. This very ancient vine, totally untrained, lost in the heart of the Douro region. Turris is a wine made with grapes from a very old vine, expressing every small detail of the Nature, of its terroir.
Grapes: A field blend of varied indigenous varietals
Vine age: 130 year-old vines
Soils: Schist hard rock terraces, south facing
Vinification: Fermented in conical stainless steel tanks Maturation: 22 months in French oak barriques
97 pts Jaime Goode, The Wine Anorak The first edition was 2012. ‘This is the top of the top,’ says Carlos Raposa. ‘It comes from the oldest vineyard we know in the Douro that’s 130 years old.’ Some of this wine becomes Turris and the rest is going to Batuta. It’s on the right side of the river. Vinified Batuta style in a foudre of 1000 litres. Old foudres from the Mosel. Amazingly fresh and elegant with lovely pure black cherry fruit with some vital, iron, blood and mineral notes. This has such amazing elegance and presence with lovely sanguine character. The acidity is well integrated and there’s a lovely compactness, purity and floral quality to the red fruits. There’s a real spicy, tamed-wild character. Thrilling.