Vineyard: The majority of the fruit comes from the Niepoort Pisca vineyard and several vineyards in Vale de Mendiz, along with a couple of small vineyard parcels from Casal de Loivos high up above Pinhão.
Orientation: Each of the vineyards has a different orientation.
Viticulture: practicing organic, harvest is done by hand
Vinification: Grapes were foot-trodden with 100% stems in lagares in Vale de Mendiz.
Aging: The wine is aged in large old wooden vats in their cellar in Vila Nova de Gaia.
Production: 11,884 bottles
Notes: Crusted is traditionally wine of vintage quality that is blended from 2 or 3 harvests and bottled without fining or filtering so it will have sediment in the bottle. It can be consumed young but will also benefit from aging.
With a brilliant dark red appearance and good depth on the rim, the wine also shows classic aromas of dark plums, cherries and mint. On the palate, grainy tannins dominate along with dark chocolate notes. It is a great blend of years, with the 2011 component dominating, but offering a more seductive and exuberant character compared to the finer 2011 Niepoort Vintage. Certainly a superb wine to drink now or to age for several decades.