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 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)
Bucking the trend once again, as is his way, Dirk Niepoort proudly declared his excellent Vintage Ports in 2015 unlike the rest of the top producers - and this year he is declaring only the Bioma. This is his superior Port from a single plot on a steep slope.' From our tasting this declaration is totally justified. The wine is superb and fascinating. At Niepoort the aim is harmony and balance these are both here with the Bioma 2016 - but it is also a more cerebral wine than others released - a different feel - this is off-beat perhaps but in a good and beguiling way.
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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