Vineyard: The vineyards used for this tawny are Vinha da Pisca, Vale do Pinhao and Ferrao all in the Cima Corgo sub region of the Douro. The average age of the vines is in excess of 60 years old.
Orientation: Each of the vineyards has a different orientation.
Viticulture: practicing organic, harvest is done by hand
Vinification: foot trodden in lagares
Aging: The wine is aged in small old casks (550L) in their cellars at Vila Nova de Gaia over many years. The balanced marriage of the different characteristics and diverse ages is the art of the Niepoort master blender Jose Nogueira.
Notes: Tawny in color, with aromas of dried apricots and crystallized tangerine peel well integrated with a nutty character. “The palate reveals dried fruits with a fiery spirity finish. With a great structure and a long finish. This offers amazing aromas of orange and lemon peel, with hints of toffee, caramel and honey. Fullbodied and luscious, with lots of sweet fruit and a long subtle finish that goes on and on. This is really the benchmark for 10-year-old tawnies." Tasting notes from James Suckling in June-2003.
Publication: Wine Spectator
Rating: 95, 91
There's lots of chocolate, hazelnut and dried fruit flavors in this elegant tawny, which is very suave, with a long finish that's filled with cream, sandalwood and luscious white fruit flavors.