The Niepoort Coche is the top white produce by this excellent estate. The old vines and high altitude are the fundamental factors responsible for the success of this wine. Year after year the greatest challenge lies in achieving a balance between its body and acidity in order to create a fresh wine with tremendous ageing potential. The 2018 Coche stems from vineyards with over 80-year-old vines growing in mica-schist soils at an altitude of around 600m above sea level, primarily situated on the right side of the Douro River. Fermentation took place in French oak barrels of 228L and 550L, of which 50% were new oak. Over the 12 months that the wine spent maturing in barrels, the Coche also went through partial malolactic fermentation.
The 2018 Coche reflects the 2018 viticultural year very well: freshness, lightness, elegance and length. It offers a well-balanced aromatic profile, with perfectly integrated oaky notes and a granitic minerality mingling with citrusy and herbaceous notes. The palate offers depth, freshness and a robust structure which never tips over into heaviness. A beautifully linear wine with a complex and slightly saline finish. Decanting recommended.