The agricultural year preceding the 1999 harvest was marked by very low winter rainfall and a very dry, hot summer. By early September the grapes were clearly suffering from the lack of rain during the year, luckily the best vineyards were already harvested when torrential rain fell in the Douro in the latter part of September.
As with all Colheita´s the wine really made itself with a long period of ageing in small old oak casks (550 L) under the watchful eye of the Niepoort master blender José Nogueira in the cellars at Vila Nova de Gaia.
Brick red appearance with tinges of brick red and brown on the rim; aroma of mellow old wood with a touch of dried apricots and subdued toffee. The Colheita 1999 shows its age on the front palate but follows through with great freshness and acidity, with a well defined/persistent structure, which leads through to a lengthy spirity finish.
Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.
Vale do Pinhão and Ferrão
AVERAGE VINE AGE
Over 60 years
Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others
VINES PER HA
4000 - 6000
Small old oak casks
Sweet suggestions: Dry fruits, dry nuts, almonds, raisins, peaches, apricots, etc. Desserts based on eggs, pies with dry fruits, coffee, vanilla. Slightly chilled it can also be used as aperitif.