Niepoort Muscat 2000
The Muscat variety is for Dirk Niepoort one of the great varieties of the world. Portugal has a long tradition of producing Moscatel, especially in the regionsof Setubal and Douro – Favaios - where the variety is Moscatel Petit Grains. At Niepoort the records show that the production of Moscatel began around the 1920s. Although we had a long tradition of producing it, for bureaucratic reasons it slowly disappeared. In 2000, we decided to recover Moscatel. The Niepoort style is a full-bodied wine with a good structure and high acidity level to balance the sugar content and guaranty a fresh wine.
In 2000 we had a small crop, due to poor flowering but with high skin to juice ratios as a result. Apart from one day when it rained on 28th September the harvest was carried out under ideal conditions with fine days and cool nights. The grapes were picked almost under ripened to guaranty a high acidity level. Vinified in lagares, with 100% stems, this wine aged in old casks (pipes) and 10% in new French oak barrels.
Fresh, vibrant and aromatic, with typical orange peel Muscat notes. Great body and structure, but with an incredible lightness and freshness due to the high acidity content.
Store and serve advices
Serve at a temperature of 8-10ºC.
It can be enjoyed on its own as an aperitif or with white fruit pies.
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