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NIEPOORT

2011

Origin Portugal, Port
District Vintage Port
ABV 20.5%

Shows unbelievably youthful - blue-purple edge and the nose is intense, full of spirit and floral notes, intense black and purple fruit. Creamy feel on fine tannins, but the intensity of the tannins build. Such an explosion of expression to come, surely. Rating: 94-94 L&S (May 2013)

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Niepoort's monumental 2011 is brilliant in this vintage. An old vines (80-100 years) field blend, this was aged for 2 years in tonels and some pipes, with residual sugar of 104 g/l. Seeming perceptibly drier and more focused than Niepoort's Bioma, it is a Port with lifted fruit, good acidity and transparency, a rush of everything hitting the palate at once. Ageworthy and likely to turn into something far more special and complex in time, it is a Port that should be socked away, no matter how good it tastes just now (that's...pretty good!). There is plenty of power lurking underneath. Drinking range: 2035 - 2064 Rating: 97 Mark Squires, robertparker.com (Sep 2014)

Although the nose has a black fruited intensity there is an underlying aromatic spiciness. The palate starts fresh black fruited with bramble and bilberry but towards the back there is depth and richness lots of powerful flavours all supported by firm but ripe tannins. 2030-60 Rating: 95 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)

Powerful, fresh and lively with lovely intensity and acidity. Very fresh with good structure and lively peppery, floral precision. Laser sharp and quite amazing. Rating: 96-98 Jamie Goode, www.wineanorak.com (May 2013)

The glass containing the Niepoort Vintage is almost overflowing with fruity aromas – damson, cassis, tobacco and cigar box all beautifully defined. With aeration there is a very appealing sense of Bordeaux-like austerity that comes forth. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins, a slight savoriness infusing the tertiary black fruit, and superb structure on the reserved, quite aristocratic finish, which offers a kick of spice on the aftertaste. Wonderful. Tasted May 2013. Rating: 94-96 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (May 2013)

Great nose here of crushed raspberries and minerals with hints of dark chocolate. Full body, medium-sweet with a chewy, peppery and lightly stemmy character. Its long and tannic but very polished. One of the best ever young vintage ports from here. 1500 cases produced of this foot trodden wine. Rating: 97-97 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (May 2013)

Very intense blackish purple. Fantastic breadth and richness. Putty, opulent and so rich! Much sweeter and juicier than the Bioma. Very lifted and dry on the end but only after the most amazing fresh fruit. Racy and sinewy. Racehorse. Fab. Palate scrub on the end. Rating: 18.5++ Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (May 2013)

Harvest Notes: The agricultural year in 2011 will be remembered for relatively low precipitation during the winter and an unusually early bud burst in March, along with a sudden extreme heat in June which literally led to burnt clusters in exposed and early varieties such as Tinta Barroca. Although July and the end of August were relatively cool with some light precipitation in the final days of August and first days of September, temperatures picked up and the harvest had to be accelerated to avoid berry shrivel. In the end, low yields combined with very good acidity and great colour turned up in a perfect year for Vintage Port.

The first fruit was harvested from the more exposed vineyards in Vale de Mendiz, close to our Port winery. Later grapes from Soutelo were picked which give classic more robust wines. Around that time, we also picked the grapes from the less exposed, north-facing slopes in Vale de Mendiz. The Pisca vineyard, which provides such critical fruit quality for a good Niepoort vintage, was picked at different stages of the harvest and has produced some really fine wines. It is worth noting that when the fermenting musts are fortified there is a temporary loss of colour which picks up straight away as the brandy blends with the musts, however in 2011 it was interesting to observe that young ports were immediately, extremely dark at the point of fortification and have remained so ever since.

Vinification: All the components for our 2011 Vintage Port were trodden by foot in the unique circular granite lagares at our small Port winery in Vale de Mendiz and we included almost 100% stems in the vinification. The component Ports were racked soon after harvest, and aged in toneis in the Douro over the winter, before moving them to Vila Nova de Gaia in March 2012. From there, we re-tasted extensively in order to find the ideal wines for a 2011 Niepoort Vintage Port. The final blend then rested again in toneis at our Lodges in Gaia until bottling in July 2013.

Tasting Notes: The colour of the 2011 Vintage has further benefited from a cold second winter, showing a dark purple colour right up to the rim of the glass. The aroma is fine, has great depth and intensity with notes of black pepper and dark fruits. The palate is fresh and elegant but underpinned by a beautifully proportioned tannic structure giving it great length and complexity. 2011 Vintage continues Niepoort’s tradition to create balanced Ports with great concentration but fine and delicate. Once again we believe that we have produced Vintage Port to last for decades to come. Winemaker's notes (May 2013)

Niepoort

Bucking the trend, as is his way, avoiding conforming, Dirk Niepoort has proudly declared his excellent Vintage Ports in 2015. When we tasted with him he asked rhetorically 'Why would I not? 2015 was as perfect as it gets!' From our tasting this declaration is completely justified. The wines are superb. At Niepoort the aim is harmony and balance and he has this in spades with the 2015.

At the same time that famous English names were establishing themselves in the Douro, the other great Port importing nation - the Netherlands - was sending bright business types to set up Port Houses. One such was Franciscus Marius van der Niepoort. Five generations later and the dynamic Dirk van der Niepoort is at the helm.

Niepoort used to be well-known for their Tawny and Colheita ports, but Dirk has worked tirelessly to raise the profile of their Vintage Ports too. One of the key moves, with this in mind, was for Niepoort to purchase their own vineyards with Quintas de Nápoles, do Carril and do Passadouro coming under the Niepoort wing at the end of the 1990's.

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