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Niepoort, Quinta da Lomba Garrafeira Tinto, 2016

Niepoort, Quinta da Lomba Garrafeira Tinto, 2016

Niepoort | Dão, Portugal | 75cl
  • Red Still
  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Baga, Jaen, Tinta Pinheira, Bastardo
Regular price £107.00
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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.

The Dão region is higher and cooler than the Douro, with more granitic souls, and the first releases (2016) from Niepoort’s Quinta da Lomba. Including grapes from vines over 120 years old from sites up to 700m altitude, both red and white are matured in old oak for four years and a further year in bottle prior to release. Described as “really impressive” by Gutiérrez, these are surely the finest from the region and destined to become as iconic as the Niepoort’s Douro wines.

What the critics say:

96/100Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate

"The new 2016 Quinta da Lomba Garrafeira is the red wine from Dão matured in an old 2,500-liter oak vat for four years and produced with the grapes from a centenary vineyard on pure granite soils planted with Baga, Jaen, Tinta Pinheira, Bastardo, etc. It has a captivating and complex nose that is harmonious and elegant, with a mixture of wild herbs, berries, spices and dry flowers. It has a very harmonious palate with fine, abundant and polished tannins, clean and precise. It finishes dry. They harvested very early (at the end of August), and the old vines give very low yields, so the ripeness is very fast and the wine finished with 13.3% alcohol."

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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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