Niepoort Fabelhaft Branco and Tinto 2019
Fabelhaft Branco & Tinto 2019
Thirst-quenching wines from one of Portugal’s greats – Niepoort
Niepoort’s Fabelhaft 2019 Tinto and Branco offer delicious, refreshing drinkability at great value. ‘These are inexpensive wines that over-deliver not just in quality and flavour,’ writes Julia Harding on JancisRobinson.com, ‘but also in that characteristic that so often disappears once a wine is made in quantity: regional expression.’
Dirk Niepoort, one of Portugal’s most famous winemakers, put Douro table wines on the map and has grown Niepoort into one of the world’s best-known wine brands. The Fabelhaft, or ‘Fabulous’, project aims to make affordable, terroir-expressive wines in the Niepoort style – ‘not heavy, not oaky, with Douro freshness and tannins’. Dirk’s revolutionary wines are similar to SA’s new-wave wines shaking up the international scene.
The 2019 Fabelhaft Tinto shows pure-fruited concentration with a rock-like minerality and freshness. It is a typical Douro field blend of Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Amarela. The 2019 Fablehaft Branco is zesty and electric with a dried-herb Douro finish. This white is made up of Rabigato, Códega do Larinho, Gouveio, Dona Branca, Viosinho, Bical and other indigenous varieties. Vibrant and elegant, these two are obvious ‘staff favourites’ as they are the ultimate food wines.
Early picking and harnessing higher altitude, old vineyards inter-planted with various indigenous varieties, Dirk’s traditionally made field blends have lower alcohols and offer a freshness that belies the warm climate. 2019 was a dry, yet cool year in the Douro and warm spring weather gave way to a cool summer, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly and harmoniously.
Less than a week ago, Niepoort’s Vintage Port 2017 won the title of ‘Best Port in the World’. Explore more of Niepoort’s Port and table wines here.