Q da Pellada & Niepoort


Q da Pellada & Niepoort



It was Rolf Niepoort who conceived the idea, and Dirk who brought it to fruition: a project which was initiated 17 years ago. This wine was born from Rolf Niepoort’s conception of an ideal Portuguese wine, which would combine the elegance, freshness and longevity of the wines of the Dão region with the structure and power of Douro wines. It would marry the fruitiness provided by the schist soils of the Douro with the pine needle aromas and the minerality which are so typical of the granite soils of the Dão. This vintage is a blend of 60% Douro wine from very old vines of the Quinta de Nápoles (some as old as 120 years) and 40% Dão wine from the Quinta da Pellada, also stemming from old vines consisting of the typical grape varieties of the region: Tourigo, Jaen, Alfrocheiro and Tinta Roriz.

Grape varieties: Jaen, Tourigo, Alfrocheiro, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela, Tinto Cão from various old vineyards in Douro and Dão aged 30-80 years.

Solo: Douro: schist. Dão: sand and loam on a base layer of granite.

Tasting Notes: The wine displays a sumptuous ruby colour and, for a vintage as balanced as 2012, others floral aromas, dark berries, deep complexity and some body. The wood is well-integrated in the delicate mineral character of the wine. On the palate, it shows intense concentration, with firm tannins and great structure. Its minerality and
superb acidity lend the wine freshness and balance, with a very long and vivacious finish – it’s the power of the Douro and the elegance of the Dão in perfect harmony! This is a wine which will undoubtedly age gracefully..

Vinification: A large quantity of the Dão component was vinified in lagares and then fermented in French oak barriques where it also completed its malolactic fermentation. Approximately half of the Douro component was vinified in a fermentation tank and the rest in a traditional granite lagar where the must was foot-stomped and left to macerate for a short time. After fermentation, the wine matured in French oak barriques for 21 months and also underwent malolactic fermentation. The Doda was bottled completely unfined.

Fermentation: In lagares, fermentation tanks and large wooden barrels.

Ageing: 20 months in barriques.

Food Suggestions: A full bodied wine but with good acidity which gives it the flexibility to combine with various dishes. Very good with duck rice or game, aswell as stews.

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Type Red Wine
Year 2013
Region Douro & Dão
Producer Quinta da Pellada & Niepoort
Capacity 750ml
Alcohol 13.5% Vol
Production 6.450 Bottles

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