Brick red / brown appearance interspersed with Orange hues with good depth of colour. Fabulous aromas of crystalized fruit and dried apricots which come through on the palate along with a smooth well integrated nutty alcoholic character on the finish.
Tawnies with an age indication such as "20 years" are blended from different wines averaging 20 years. The prolonged ageing in small wooden casks confers the characteristic Tawny colour. The principle features of an aged tawny are the complexity of aromas, the freshness and a persistent bouquet and refinement. After dinner, 20 years old tawny is a good match with cheeses and especially chocolate based desserts. It can also be drunk as an aperitif, serve at room temperature or lightly chilled. Tasting Notes Brick red / brown appearance interspersed with Orange hues with good depth of colour. Fabulous aromas of crystalized fruit and dried apricots which come through on the palate along with a smooth well integrated nutty alcoholic character on the finish. Vinification The tawnies are aged in small old oak casks (550 l) in the 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 José Nogueira.
Product . 20 Years Old Tawny Produced . Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A. Region . Douro Year . Soil Type . Schist Vines . Vinha da Pisca, Vale do Pinhão e Ferrão Average
Vine Age . Over 60 years
Cast Varieties . Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz Vines per Ha . 4000 - 6000
Harvest Period .
Way of Harvest . Hand picked
Fermentation . Lagares/Foot Treading
Ageing . Small old oak casks
Residual Sugar . 110 g/ L
Alcohol . 20 % vol
Baumé . 3,9 PH . 3,64
Total Acidity . 4,35 g/L Tartaric Acid
|Stile of Wine||Port|
|Price||above 30 €|
|Level of sugar||Sweet|
|Alcohol level||20,00 %|
|Serving temperature||16 - 18°C|
|Grape varieties||Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cao, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousao|
|Paring with food||Sweets, Cheeses|
Niepoort is to Vintage Port what Krug is to Champagne. They are both small houses in a world dominated by large competitors, but they are producing outstanding wines that very few can match." James Suckling (Senior editor at Wine Spectator magazine) The cellar is owned by the fifth consecutive Niepoort generation since its founding in Villa Nova de Gaia in 1842. It was always recognised by their excellent 10 years old tawnies. The grapes for the wines come from estate-owned vineyards in Pinhào, the very heart of one of the best wine growing regions in Portugal.
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