Niepoort Vintage Port 2015


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“The 2015 Vintage Port is a field blend from old vines (80 to 100 years old). It comes in with 104 grams per liter of residual sugar. This is another gorgeous Vintage Port from Niepoort this issue, elegant, but very powerful and focused. I may have a minor preference for the Bioma this issue, but reasonable minds might differ and this is very fine. The tightly wound precision and serious backbone make this a 2015 with plenty of room to grow in the cellar, but that’s not all. It has fine intensity of flavor and freshness to go with the big tannins here, making this a very serious Port on all fronts. It is impressive overall. It was a tank sample when seen, but it was the final blend and due to be bottled in two weeks when tasted. It should be in the marketplace by the time this article appears. Drinking window: 2030-2070. 94-96 points

Niepoort’s 2015s are some of the finest in the vintage. This was a year where some houses did not wish to declare. Niepoort happily did and struck gold. With Port, the victory goes to the winner of the marathon, not the sprint, of course. Right at the moment, though, I’m not sure anyone I’ve seen so far did better than Niepoort in 2015. I would add that everything is pretty fine, including the table wines in various regions. Mr. Niepoort had himself quite a vintage. Check out the Bairrada tasting notes for Quinta de Baixo (separately listed in the regular Portugal article), for example.”

Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (232)