Douro Valley


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  • Casa Ferreirinha Quinta da Leda 2020

    £47.95

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  • Niepoort Bastardo 2020

    £46.95

    “The 2020 Bastardo has the bright red nose of the variety (Trousseau) but with a more Mediterranean character than the wines from Jura. It’s fruit driven and juicy, with a bitter twist in the finish. The whole bunches fermented in stainless steel, and the wine matured in used French oak barrels for some 18 months. It’s ripe and comes from a very ripe year for the variety, and it has some jammy notes but keeps 12% alcohol, good freshness and moderate acidity. It’s medium-bodied and has a soft texture and very fine tannins. 2,400 bottles were filled in January 2022. Drink: 2023-2027. 91 points

    Where to start? I’ve known Dirk Niepoort for over 25 years, and I’ve followed his wines over the years. He doesn’t stop. He has grown his company like crazy. The still wines are on a new level since 2018 (they are always evolving, and they mention 2013 and 2021 as other years of change) with the arrival of winemaker Luis Pedro Cândido da Silva and the next generation of the Niepoort family, especially their son, Daniel, who joined the team in 2020. They not only produce wine in Douro but, nowadays, in most regions in Portugal—Dão, Alentejo, Vinho Verde, Bairrada…

    The style is elegant, but they want the wines to age in bottle, so for them it’s all about balance. Some vineyards and wines have been certified organic since 2008. All of the vineyards they own are certified organic, but some of the grapes they buy are not. Daniel Niepoort, who’s a lot more focused on the vineyards now, told me organic is very important for him but that growers are also important and they want to keep the relationship with the growers and be a role model for them to show them that organic is possible, convincing them by being an example.

    In 2022, they only got 202 liters of rain (a little less than in 2003!), but the vines adapted to the low water and yields were better than expected. They got some rain during harvest and some fungus. It was one of the most dramatic vintages in viticulture, and some plants died. But 2022 was great for Port. As for 2021, it was a great year for dry wines (but not great for Port), and there was enough water reserve in the soils. They consider it a perfect agricultural year with good yields; it has a mild spring and summer, so a longer cycle and perfect ripening of the grapes. It could be a little like 2018, 2008 and 2001—cooler years with higher acidity. 2020 was warm and dry, so the grapes were healthier. But it was the COVID-19 vintage, and that created some problems in the vineyards; everything was weird that year. As for 2023, even if still too early, the year was also great in Douro, for Luis Pedro the finest he’s seen there.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (04/24)

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  • Niepoort Batuta 2021

    £74.95

    “The 2021 Batuta is the only red that is produced 100% with destemmed grapes, and it fermented with very long macerations (like an infusion) of up to four months, looking for very tight tannins with tension but without being aggressive. It matured in 228-liter oak barrels, 25% of them new, for some 18 months. But the wine is not oaky at all, especially in this cooler 2021 vintage, when it comes through as very young and elegant and light on its feet. It has only 12% alcohol and a velvety palate with very elegant, fine-grained and round tannins; it is sleek, polished and seamless, with a very tasty finish, almost salty too. It comes from very old vines planted with a field blend of local varieties, from two vineyards that fermented separately. The vineyards are very different—one high altitude, windy and healthy and the other one shady, with lots of humidity and not a lot of sunlight—and, when blended together, they make for a very complete and nuanced red. It has freshness, wild fruit, concentration and lightness. They changed this wine to this new profile and concept in 2018. I love it! 7,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2023. Drinking window: 2024-2034. 96 points”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (04/24)

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  • Niepoort Charme 2021

    £69.95

    “I was blown away by the elegance and subtleness of the 2021 Charme, I wine I know quite well and have followed from the first vintage (I think even a non-commercial release in the beginning). It’s a red wine produced in Vale Mendiz where they make the Port, a mixture of vineyards from the village. It had a very short maceration of the full clusters in lagar, was pressed to barrels where it finished fermenting and was put through malolactic, was kept in barrel for nine months and then was transferred to the cellar in Quinta de Napoles. It has a very elegant and perfumed style, with no oak whatsoever. It’s floral, with notes of red berries and herbs and a medium-bodied palate with refined, elegant tannins and a long and supple finish with a spicy twist (from the barrels? some 15% to 20% new). This wine has been changing through the years, and this has to be the most elegant version of it, following the path of the 2018. It has a moderate 13% alcohol with a pH of 3.56 and 5.7 grams of acidity. 9,700 bottles produced. It was bottled in January 2023. Superb! Drink: 2023-2033. 98 points

    Where to start? I’ve known Dirk Niepoort for over 25 years, and I’ve followed his wines over the years. He doesn’t stop. He has grown his company like crazy. The still wines are on a new level since 2018 (they are always evolving, and they mention 2013 and 2021 as other years of change) with the arrival of winemaker Luis Pedro Cândido da Silva and the next generation of the Niepoort family, especially their son, Daniel, who joined the team in 2020. They not only produce wine in Douro but, nowadays, in most regions in Portugal—Dão, Alentejo, Vinho Verde, Bairrada…

    The style is elegant, but they want the wines to age in bottle, so for them it’s all about balance. Some vineyards and wines have been certified organic since 2008. All of the vineyards they own are certified organic, but some of the grapes they buy are not. Daniel Niepoort, who’s a lot more focused on the vineyards now, told me organic is very important for him but that growers are also important and they want to keep the relationship with the growers and be a role model for them to show them that organic is possible, convincing them by being an example.

    In 2022, they only got 202 liters of rain (a little less than in 2003!), but the vines adapted to the low water and yields were better than expected. They got some rain during harvest and some fungus. It was one of the most dramatic vintages in viticulture, and some plants died. But 2022 was great for Port. As for 2021, it was a great year for dry wines (but not great for Port), and there was enough water reserve in the soils. They consider it a perfect agricultural year with good yields; it has a mild spring and summer, so a longer cycle and perfect ripening of the grapes. It could be a little like 2018, 2008 and 2001—cooler years with higher acidity. 2020 was warm and dry, so the grapes were healthier. But it was the COVID-19 vintage, and that created some problems in the vineyards; everything was weird that year. As for 2023, even if still too early, the year was also great in Douro, for Luis Pedro the finest he’s seen there.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (04/24)

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  • Niepoort Coche 2021

    £99.95

    “The 2021 Coche has to be one of the finest white wines from Portugal that I’ve tasted. It was produced with grapes grown at 600 meters in altitude, from very old vineyards with the right field blend with a majority of Rabigato but also other local varieties. It has a fine and elegant reductive character with flinty notes, hints of smoke and dry herbs. This is sharp and super tasty, with an almost salty twist in the finish. It fermented and matured in French oak barrels (mostly 228-liter ones) for one year. It’s serious, nuanced, a little austere and vertical, with a dry finish, a chalky sensation and very good persistence. It has 11.8% alcohol, a pH of 3.26 and 5.8 grams of acidity. I’ve drunk all the vintages of Coche since the first year (2010), and this is the finest to date. Bravo. 9,500 bottles produced. It was bottled in January 2023. Drink: 2024-2036. 98 points

    Where to start? I’ve known Dirk Niepoort for over 25 years, and I’ve followed his wines over the years. He doesn’t stop. He has grown his company like crazy. The still wines are on a new level since 2018 (they are always evolving, and they mention 2013 and 2021 as other years of change) with the arrival of winemaker Luis Pedro Cândido da Silva and the next generation of the Niepoort family, especially their son, Daniel, who joined the team in 2020. They not only produce wine in Douro but, nowadays, in most regions in Portugal—Dão, Alentejo, Vinho Verde, Bairrada…

    The style is elegant, but they want the wines to age in bottle, so for them it’s all about balance. Some vineyards and wines have been certified organic since 2008. All of the vineyards they own are certified organic, but some of the grapes they buy are not. Daniel Niepoort, who’s a lot more focused on the vineyards now, told me organic is very important for him but that growers are also important and they want to keep the relationship with the growers and be a role model for them to show them that organic is possible, convincing them by being an example.

    In 2022, they only got 202 liters of rain (a little less than in 2003!), but the vines adapted to the low water and yields were better than expected. They got some rain during harvest and some fungus. It was one of the most dramatic vintages in viticulture, and some plants died. But 2022 was great for Port. As for 2021, it was a great year for dry wines (but not great for Port), and there was enough water reserve in the soils. They consider it a perfect agricultural year with good yields; it has a mild spring and summer, so a longer cycle and perfect ripening of the grapes. It could be a little like 2018, 2008 and 2001—cooler years with higher acidity. 2020 was warm and dry, so the grapes were healthier. But it was the COVID-19 vintage, and that created some problems in the vineyards; everything was weird that year. As for 2023, even if still too early, the year was also great in Douro, for Luis Pedro the finest he’s seen there.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (04/24)

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  • Niepoort Moscatel Douro Fortificado 20 Anos (375ml)

    £45.95

    “A new exceptional fortified Moscatel, the NV Moscatel Douro Fortificado 20 Anos is one of the few wines in this category in the market, 20 years old, a category that defines a style and more or less the average age of the blend of wines matured in old pipa oak barrels. Dirk Niepoort has always been a fan of the Moscatel grape despite it being widely despised. In the old times, it was an allowed grape for the production of Port wine, and I’ve had some glorious very old bottles of Moscatel Port, a category that doesn’t exist anymore. This wine goes a little in that direction, in search of the complexity of the long aging that domesticates the wild aromas of the variety and gives it nuance and density. It has a golden color and a pungent and complex nose with nutty aromas and floral tones. It’s round, glossy and quite sweet. It’s fortified to 20% alcohol and remains with 190 grams of sugar but keeps the balance with a low pH (3.26) and good acidity (six grams). This will be virtually indestructible and should drink well for a very long time. Unfortunately, the lot I tasted only amounted to 300 bottles. It was bottled in 2023, but I didn’t see any mention of the bottling date on the label. Drink: 2024-2040. 96 points

    Where to start? I’ve known Dirk Niepoort for over 25 years, and I’ve followed his wines over the years. He doesn’t stop. He has grown his company like crazy. The still wines are on a new level since 2018 (they are always evolving, and they mention 2013 and 2021 as other years of change) with the arrival of winemaker Luis Pedro Cândido da Silva and the next generation of the Niepoort family, especially their son, Daniel, who joined the team in 2020. They not only produce wine in Douro but, nowadays, in most regions in Portugal—Dão, Alentejo, Vinho Verde, Bairrada…

    The style is elegant, but they want the wines to age in bottle, so for them it’s all about balance. Some vineyards and wines have been certified organic since 2008. All of the vineyards they own are certified organic, but some of the grapes they buy are not. Daniel Niepoort, who’s a lot more focused on the vineyards now, told me organic is very important for him but that growers are also important and they want to keep the relationship with the growers and be a role model for them to show them that organic is possible, convincing them by being an example.

    In 2022, they only got 202 liters of rain (a little less than in 2003!), but the vines adapted to the low water and yields were better than expected. They got some rain during harvest and some fungus. It was one of the most dramatic vintages in viticulture, and some plants died. But 2022 was great for Port. As for 2021, it was a great year for dry wines (but not great for Port), and there was enough water reserve in the soils. They consider it a perfect agricultural year with good yields; it has a mild spring and summer, so a longer cycle and perfect ripening of the grapes. It could be a little like 2018, 2008 and 2001—cooler years with higher acidity. 2020 was warm and dry, so the grapes were healthier. But it was the COVID-19 vintage, and that created some problems in the vineyards; everything was weird that year. As for 2023, even if still too early, the year was also great in Douro, for Luis Pedro the finest he’s seen there.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (04/24)

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  • Niepoort Museu dos Lagares 2019

    £135.00

    “There is some rusticity in the 2019 Museu dos Lagares, the other red wine (not fortified) produced in Vale Mendiz (the first one is Charme), from a field blend in Vale Mendiz, a very old vineyard, with more time in barrel. This is a little wilder than the other reds with hints of earth and leather (it was rejected by the appellation), a moderate 12.4% alcohol, some earthy tannins with larger grain, with character. It reminds me of the old Redoma with a touch of Rayas. It was bottled after 28 months in barrel. 800 bottles produced. It was bottled in January 2022. Drink: 2023-2029. 93 points

    Where to start? I’ve known Dirk Niepoort for over 25 years, and I’ve followed his wines over the years. He doesn’t stop. He has grown his company like crazy. The still wines are on a new level since 2018 (they are always evolving, and they mention 2013 and 2021 as other years of change) with the arrival of winemaker Luis Pedro Cândido da Silva and the next generation of the Niepoort family, especially their son, Daniel, who joined the team in 2020. They not only produce wine in Douro but, nowadays, in most regions in Portugal—Dão, Alentejo, Vinho Verde, Bairrada…

    The style is elegant, but they want the wines to age in bottle, so for them it’s all about balance. Some vineyards and wines have been certified organic since 2008. All of the vineyards they own are certified organic, but some of the grapes they buy are not. Daniel Niepoort, who’s a lot more focused on the vineyards now, told me organic is very important for him but that growers are also important and they want to keep the relationship with the growers and be a role model for them to show them that organic is possible, convincing them by being an example.

    In 2022, they only got 202 liters of rain (a little less than in 2003!), but the vines adapted to the low water and yields were better than expected. They got some rain during harvest and some fungus. It was one of the most dramatic vintages in viticulture, and some plants died. But 2022 was great for Port. As for 2021, it was a great year for dry wines (but not great for Port), and there was enough water reserve in the soils. They consider it a perfect agricultural year with good yields; it has a mild spring and summer, so a longer cycle and perfect ripening of the grapes. It could be a little like 2018, 2008 and 2001—cooler years with higher acidity. 2020 was warm and dry, so the grapes were healthier. But it was the COVID-19 vintage, and that created some problems in the vineyards; everything was weird that year. As for 2023, even if still too early, the year was also great in Douro, for Luis Pedro the finest he’s seen there.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (04/24)

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  • Niepoort Redoma Branco Reserva 2022

    £45.95

    “They use the older vineyards for the 2022 Redoma Reserva Branco, which also aged in slightly younger barrels (some 30% new). The whole clusters were pressed, and the juice fermented and matured with the lees in those barrels for some nine months. This is rich and expressive with a nuanced nose with spices and smoke, aromatic herbs, dry flowers and a Burgundian twist. The palate is very balanced and even shows some austerity, and it’s chalky in the finish, very tasty and lively, the freshest of the 2022s. 31,200 bottles were filled in July 2023. Douro whites need bottle; this is approachable now but should age. Drink: 2024-2030. 95 points

    Where to start? I’ve known Dirk Niepoort for over 25 years, and I’ve followed his wines over the years. He doesn’t stop. He has grown his company like crazy. The still wines are on a new level since 2018 (they are always evolving, and they mention 2013 and 2021 as other years of change) with the arrival of winemaker Luis Pedro Cândido da Silva and the next generation of the Niepoort family, especially their son, Daniel, who joined the team in 2020. They not only produce wine in Douro but, nowadays, in most regions in Portugal—Dão, Alentejo, Vinho Verde, Bairrada…

    The style is elegant, but they want the wines to age in bottle, so for them it’s all about balance. Some vineyards and wines have been certified organic since 2008. All of the vineyards they own are certified organic, but some of the grapes they buy are not. Daniel Niepoort, who’s a lot more focused on the vineyards now, told me organic is very important for him but that growers are also important and they want to keep the relationship with the growers and be a role model for them to show them that organic is possible, convincing them by being an example.

    In 2022, they only got 202 liters of rain (a little less than in 2003!), but the vines adapted to the low water and yields were better than expected. They got some rain during harvest and some fungus. It was one of the most dramatic vintages in viticulture, and some plants died. But 2022 was great for Port. As for 2021, it was a great year for dry wines (but not great for Port), and there was enough water reserve in the soils. They consider it a perfect agricultural year with good yields; it has a mild spring and summer, so a longer cycle and perfect ripening of the grapes. It could be a little like 2018, 2008 and 2001—cooler years with higher acidity. 2020 was warm and dry, so the grapes were healthier. But it was the COVID-19 vintage, and that created some problems in the vineyards; everything was weird that year. As for 2023, even if still too early, the year was also great in Douro, for Luis Pedro the finest he’s seen there.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (04/24)

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  • Niepoort Redoma Tinto 2014

    £44.95

    “The 2014 Redoma, Niepoort’s field blend from old vines, is one of my favorite Douro blends, but it seems to fall a bit short in this tough vintage. Light and a little too easy, its best feature is the vivid fruit flavor. Not many 2014s can say that. All too many of them are dry, stern and stolid. This, at least, tastes great. It does seem a bit off its normal mark otherwise, not showing enough concentration. The structure is just average. Its fresh and lively feel still makes it a pleasure to drink, though. It won’t go down as a great Redoma, but it is certainly a pleasing one in a tough year and a perfect food wine. Drink: 2017-2027. 90 points

    Yes, Niepoort Vinho Verde is here. It’s old news, actually. Dirk, these days, has a footprint in many regions, but it’s worth spotlighting his Vinho Verde output since this issue (April 2017) marks the debut of the new Vinho Verde season. (These are, however, late-submitted 2015s, not 2016s.) I really like his efforts in Vinho Verde. They are often among my favorites in his output, not having quite as much grandeur as some of his other labels, but always showing fine quality and value for the money. The rest aren’t so bad, either. In particular, this issue includes Dão, Douro and Bairrada (that last separately listed under Quinta de Baixo). Pricing on these wines could not be finalized before these notes were submitted, but pricing on existing brands already in the database shouldn’t vary too much.”

    Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (230)

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  • Niepoort Robustus 2013

    £79.99

    “The 2013 Robustus is a field blend with unusual vinification (as always for this brand). It was aged for 45 months in old, 2,000-liter wooden vats and comes in at just 12.7% alcohol. This may be Niepoort’s blockbuster this issue, but in Niepoort’s style, that mostly means freshness, acidity and tannins, not big, sweet fruit and jammy ripeness. Intense and focused, this very precise Robustus is a powerhouse with a crisp, steely edge and intensity of everything. This is a Robustus that seems to be on its way to spectacular. When this is released (October 2017), it is going to need some patience. It should hold several decades thereafter. There will be no rush. This was not bottled when seen, but it was a tank sample, out of barrel and the final blend. Drink: 2020-2048. 94-96 points

    Part of this new issue is assessing the new 2016 Branco vintage. In terms of whites, Niepoort said he was not sure which he preferred, leaning to the 2016s, but he preferred 2015 in both reds and ports. (Granting that everyone’s terroir is different and different picking decisions may color views, too, I lean to the 2015s overall.) Although many of these were not yet bottled, it looks to me like 2015 is one of Niepoort’s best vintages in Tintos. The Ports weren’t too shabby, either—those are separately reviewed this issue. They are among the stars of the vintage.

    This issue also includes wines from many of Niepoort’s terroirs—he is rapidly spreading through Portugal and popping up everywhere. To my mind, his Bairrada project just might be the best segment of his table wines these days (separately listed as Quinta de Baixo), assuming you like that low-alcohol, tannic and crisp style (nothing fat and sweet there). Increasingly, incidentally, Niepoort is releasing the wines a year later and holding them a bit longer in tank or bottle to make the wines more age-worthy and a little more austere, essentially calming the fruit.”

    Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (232)

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  • Niepoort Tiara 2017

    £38.95

    “The 2017 Tiara is a field blend, mostly Códega do Larinho, Rabigato, Donzelinho, Cercial and others, aged for 12 months in barrels and used Austrian vats, ranging from 300 liters to 1,000 liters. It comes in with 2.6 grams of sugar, 5.2 of total acidity and at 13.4% alcohol. It had full malolactic fermentation and was fermented on the previous year’s lees. Traditionally, I considered this Niepoort’s steeliest white. It has changed over the years in style as vinification methods change. This year, it has a surprisingly fruity feel and a friendly demeanor. Enchanting and welcoming, this might not be the most intellectual of Niepoort’s whites this year, but it does everything well, and it is irresistible. It may acquire some complexity, too, as it ages. Drink: 2019-2032. 92 points”

    Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (08/19)

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  • Wine & Soul Guru 2022

    £38.75

    “The white 2022 Guru comes from a number of old vineyards, all planted with a field blend of varieties, in the village of Murça. It fermented, by vineyard, in barrels and matured in them, with only 5% new barrels (just to renew them) and a majority of 500-liter ones—a far cry from the first years of small barrel and 100% new oak. In principle, it doesn’t go through malolactic fermentation, and the wine has a lot of tension and even citrus freshness, quite impressive for such a warm year. It’s textured and elegant, very nicely crafted and balanced. The wine has a moderate 12.5% alcohol, meaning some plots were even lower (and some higher, of course). It’s approachable now, but it should age very nicely. Drink: 2024-2034. 94 points

    Wine & Soul, Jorge Serôdio and Sandra Tavares, have concentrated their efforts in the last years in the vineyards. They have grown from the initial two hectares for Pintas to over 40 hectares today. The portfolio has also grown, and so have volumes. They now produce 180,000 bottles, including Port.

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (04/24)

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