COLHEITA 1999

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...

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COLHEITA 1999

Colheita Ports are Tawny Ports from a single vintage, aged in wood for at least seven years before being bottled. The Colheita Port is wonderful on its own at the end of a meal or on a cold winter afternoon in front of an open fireplace.

VINIFICATION

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.

TASTING NOTES

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.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

PRODUCER

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

REGION

Douro 

SOIL TYPE

Schist

VINEYARDS

Vale do Pinhão and Ferrão

AVERAGE VINE AGE

Over 60 years

GRAPE VARIETIES

Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others

VINES PER HA

4000 - 6000

HARVEST PERIOD

September/October 

HARVEST METHOD

Hand picked

FERMENTATION

Lagares/Foot Treading

AGEING

Small old oak casks

RESIDUAL SUGAR

119.1

ALCOHOL

20.5

BAUMÉ

4.2

PH

3.54

TOTAL ACIDITY

4.62

FOOD SUGGESTIONS

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.

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