Niepoort Dão 2012

Niepoort Dão 2012

This name and label leave you in little doubt about its provenance! This wine is, in fact, made at the Quinta de Baixo in Cantanhede, which has fairly recently become part of the expanding Niepoort stable.
The Niepoort family business, of Dutch extraction, has long been present in the Douro valley, making its name originally in the Port wine business.
The present generation, represented by Dirk Niepoort, has moved with great energy into the table wine side, still mostly in the Douro, where he has achieved great success, but expanding into other areas as well.
This fairly new venture in the Dão region is almost bound to become a success too. This wine, which bears the family name somewhat more modestly, is already a good example of the region.
It is lighter than Douro wines and at 12.5% rather less alcoholic as well. But its fresh, exuberant red berry flavours, with well balanced acidity and tannins, produce a really drinkable wine which I think one cannot fail to enjoy.
You should be able to find it around for no more than €7-€8.
By James Johnson