Niepoort Tiara 2017


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“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)