Niepoort Coche 2017
“Rabigato, Viosinho and Côdega do Larinho, average age > 80 years, on mica schist. Spontaneous fermentation, malo and one year in 300- and 500-litre barrels. pH 3.16, TA 6 g/l.
As the name predicts, this has a definite but not excessive reductive character, more smoky-mineral than struck match. Fabulous depth of fruit, rounded, generous texture and still showing utter purity and freshness. The reductive character is perfectly judged, not overwhelming the fruit and enhancing the mineral character. Mouth-wateringly long and salty finish. Just makes you want to take the next sip. Glorious. I didn’t taste the the 2016 but I think this is even better than the 2015. Hats off to the Niepoort team. It might seem a crime to drink it so young when it is likely to gain in complexity but it is already delicious. Drink: 2020-2030. 18.5 points”
Julia Harding, JancisRobinson.com (04/20)