Fulfilling a dream of Dirk Niepoort, TURRiS is a wine made from an old vineyard, over 130 years old, without any driving, facing south, in Cima Corgo, Douro.
Aged for 16 months in Fuders, aged over 60, brought from the Mosel region in Germany and 20 months in bottle.
The 2017 wine year was characterized by extreme drought. The harvest was early, short and intense. It started on the 10th of August and ended on the 10th of September, with no record of such an early harvest beginning at Niepoort.
The grapes come from a single high altitude vineyard, which allows for a phenomenal balance between sugar and acidity. It was harvested in mid-August, keeping all its fresh character in a very hot year.
After extremely careful bunch-by-bundle selection, alcoholic fermentation took place in stainless steel vats with about 20% of the whole bunch, macerating for roughly 1 month while very carefully extracted all the vine's potential.
Trained in fuders with over 60 years.
Turris 2017 is a wine that stamps Niepoort's fresh profile in a hot and dry year like 2017. Intense ruby color, quite spicy in aroma, with some black fruit combined with the mineral profile of graphite, characteristic of a vineyard in schist soil . In the mouth it is surprising for its elegance and structure at the same time, showing black forest fruit and some green pepper, with a very fine and electric mouth, and a dry and persistent finish. A complex wine with a unique character in the Douro. Advised decantation.