Niepoort, Fabelhaft Tinto 750ml 2019

Portugal, Douro
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'The delightful adventures of the raven, Huckebein, and his fatal end, depicted in such an enchanting way by Wilhelm Busch, were chosen by Niepoort for Fabelhaft. As stories about animals are also known as fables, we named the wine "Fabulous". And that is what it really tastes like! Fabelhaft has all the strong points of a classical Douro wine, such as its fruity taste, strong acidity and mature tannins. But it is very pleasant to drink while it is still young. It is basically a well-balanced wine that is easy to drink.' – Niepoort

Tasting notes:
'Mid purple crimson with vibrant purple rim. But the colour is not as vibrant as the fruit, which soars from the glass, in sweet black fruit aromas especially blackcurrant and cassis but with the wildness of elderberry. Dark-red fruits too, mulberry and raspberry. There’s a dark, rocky, almost dusty, overlay that I associate with the Douro though the wine is labelled as a wine of Portugal. Deep and rich-fruited on the palate, generous and yet so lively and fresh, with what might be a little bit of extra sweet spice from the oak. Dry and fine tannins balance all the zesty fruit. Still pretty firm. Drink Me is so apt for this wine but at the moment I’d broach it with food. A great all-rounder. It may not be a wine for long ageing but I think this will be even better with another 6 months in bottle. Vines 10 to 40 years old. Hand-picked Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela. Destemmed and fermented in stainless-steel tanks under controlled temperatures for approximately one week. A portion of the wine was matured in French oak barriques whereas the rest of the wine remained in stainless steel for about 6 months.’ – Julia Harding MW,, 16/20 (Aug 2020)

'The wine has a beautiful, intense ruby colour. The aromatic profile of the wine is elegant, boasting mineral notes in perfect harmony with balsamic, floral and fresh red fruit aromas. The palate is light and elegant, with smooth but persistent tannins and a pleasant acidity which makes the wine easy to drink and enjoy.' – Winemaker

Alc: 13% | RS: 0.9 g/L | TA: 5.3 g/L | PH: 3.7

About Niepoort:
The Niepoort family has been creating Port Wines since 1842. Dirk Niepoort, fifth generation, is the head of the business after his father, Rolf’s retirement in 2005. Dirk is a pioneer of table wines in Portugal and, as with all Dirk’s projects around the world, his focus is on traditionally made wines that offer elegance while showcasing terroir. Dirk ‘helped transform the region and the way the world thinks about wine’ says Wine & Spirits Magazine about Dirk and his role in the Douro. His wines transcend the extreme heat of the Douro and display great freshness and elegance.
More Information
Alcohol 13%
Technical analysis RS: 0.9 g/L | TA: 5.3 g/L | PH: 3.7
Variety Blend
Blend information Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela
Rating JR 16
Body Medium-bodied
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