2011 Late Bottled Vintage
The 2011 Late Bottled Vintage Port is a field blend bottled in 2015 after four years in large and old wooden vats. It comes in with 97 grams per liter of residual sugar. After those four years in barrel, it doesn't impress in mid-palate weight or concentration, but it is sunny and very elegant, a wonderfully graceful LBV. It seems precisely focused, the fruit lifted, fresh and penetrating on the palate. Its power emerges slowly but steadily, too, as it becomes more gripping on the finish. It is far more interesting the next day, though, finally showing some complexity and also fleshing out notably in the glass. It needed to show a bit more depth. You can approach this now because it is restrained and beautifully balanced, but it should hold well and a couple of years in the cellar wouldn't hurt. It is subtly impressive and built to age. Drinking range: 2016 - 2040 Rating: 91 Mark Squires, robertparker.com (Dec 2018)
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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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