Niepoort Projecto Pinot Noir is a single-variety Pinot Noir red wine from the DOC Douro made by Niepoort.
Niepoort is a Portuguese winery that was founded in 1842. It is currently run by Dirk Niepoort, fifth generation of the family it is named after. They use traditional Portuguese techniques such as grape treading, fermentation in cement tanks or aging in pipes, 550-litre port-aging barrels, whilst also using new technologies that ensure the grapes are handled with care. The winery has vines in different locations, some of which are over 100 years old, and an aging cellar in the town of Vila Nova de Gaia.
The Niepoort Project Pinot Noir vineyard was planted in 1999 facing north on shale soils, sitting at 370 metres above sea level. It is a small plot with a very high planting density of 12,000 plants per hectare, which means that each strain produces a low volume of concentrated and balanced grapes. They are trained using the Cordon de Royat and Guyot methods and harvested by hand.
Niepoort Projecto Pinot Noir ferments in wooden vats with 50% of the stems. It macerates with skins for about 15-20 days and ages in used barrels for about 12-14 months.
Niepoort Project Pinot Noir is born out of Dirk Nieeport’s love of Burgundy. A fresh and elegant wine, light and with a lingering finish.