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Niepoort, Batuta Tinto, Douro, 2017

Niepoort, Batuta Tinto, Douro, 2017

Niepoort | Douro, Portugal | 75cl
  • Red Still
  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Rufete, Malvazia Preta
Regular price £326.00
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The Rothschilds in Bordeaux, Madame Lalou Bize-Leroy in Burgundy, Madame Barbe-Nicole Clicquot in Champagne, Angelo Gaja in Piedmont, Serge Hochar in Lebanon, Edouardo Chadwick in Chile... towering figures whose impact and importance to their respective wine regions ensures their names are the very first mentioned in association. To these and others we must surely add Portugal’s Dirk Niepoort, one of the most visionary and pioneering winemakers working today, honoured as such as the 2023 recipient of Decanter’s vaunted “Hall of Fame” Award.

Having just increased his reviewing brief to include the wines of Portugal, in his very first article, The Wine Advocate’s Luis Gutiérrez focuses heavily on Dirk Niepoort, whom he describes as "the most influential person in Portuguese wine—a pioneer, visionary, leader and ambassador. A person I deeply admire." In charting Portugal’s fine wine evolution (revolution?), he declares “to me, the engine of Portuguese wine is Niepoort” adding “the table wines, a game to which they are very new (1990), compared with the Port business, are better than ever.” He backs this up with exceptional scores: Of the 255 wines reviewed for the piece, the top 10 (96+ to 100 points) are all Niepoort. Batuta is another field blend from the excellent 2017 vintage, not tasted by Gutiérrez but on a level with the 96 point rated 2021.

"The Batuta is a wine produced from two old vineyards with different altitudes and aspects. After a rigorous selection process in the vineyard, the grapes are carefully sorted in our cellar before being fermented very gently and with a longer maceration period. All the details were carefully considered in order to produce a complex and elegant fine wine."
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What the critics say:

96/100James Suckling

"Lots of blackberry, wet-earth and dark-mushroom aromas to this. It’s full-bodied with depth of fruit and layers of tannins. Chewy and intense. Slate and dark fruit at the finish. Needs time to soften. Try after 2022."

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Niepoort

The Niepoort Family, emigres from the Netherlands, starting shipping Ports in 1842 and third generation Edouard Niepoort was considered a pioneer (or iconoclast) for introducing the Garrafeira concept for maturing their finest Ports, ageing vintage statement tawny ports in old apothecary glass demijohns.

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