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NIEPOORT

2011 Bioma ‘Vinha Velha’

Origin Portugal, Port
District Vintage Port
ABV 21%

Vinha Velha simply means 'old vines'. They describe this as 'a single vineyard Vintage Port' rather than a single Quinta. Again very intense and almost smokey there is so much going on. Deep fruit and peppery spice. Lots of dry intensity very tannic Rating: 95 L&S (May 2013)


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From the tiny Quinta da Pisca near Ferrão that formed the heart of Niepoort vintage in 1970 and 1977: restrained, elegant and minerally with firm tannic superstructure. A beautiful expression of Douro terroir. Drinking range: 2030 - 2050 Rating: 95 Decanter Magazine (Oct 2014)

This is Niepoort's relatively new (this is just the 3rd vintage) Vintage Port label, a single vineyard (Vinha da Pisca) wine from old vines (80+ years). The juice used to be part of Niepoort's regular vintage Ports. Bottled in February 2014, this was aged for 3 years in pipes and has residual sugar of 110 g/l. That said, on opening it perceptibly seems far sweeter and richer than Niepoort's regular Vintage Port, opening like a sexy fruit bomb, rich and chocolate-y, with a sugary finish. The big power and concentration, not surprisingly, lurks underneath. It is quite hedonistic at the moment, but expect this to show very differently in a few years as the underlying structure asserts itself and it comes into balance. So, even though it is sensationally delicious just now and seems quite approachable--please, have patience. There wasn't much made. It will be far more interesting in 2040, however theoretically approachable it now seems. For his part, Dirk Niepoort told me that he thinks this and his regular VP are qualitatively equal, just different. I mostly agree and I expect this to show much more complexity in time. It is quite clear that there is a lot going on underneath. At the moment, the regular VP was slightly ahead in that department, though. I won't be surprised if my appreciation for them flip-flops periodically over time as this sheds its baby fat and evolves and I do need to see them with more air and cellar time one day. They are both terrific and they both have the potential to improve notably in the cellar. There were 8,051 bottles produced. Drinking range: 2030 - 2064 Rating: 96+ Mark Squires, robertparker.com (Sep 2014)

The nose is a bit tight but there are fragrances beginning to show a mix of violets and rockroses. The start of the palate is fresh vibrant with grainy tannins but it fills out towards the back lots of power depth and richness of flavour. The finish has length, purity and freshness. 2030-65 Rating: 96 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)

Niepoort

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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