Niepoort Batuta 2015

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Regular price $84.99

The grapes used for this wine are sourced from Quinta do Carril, from a North-facing vineyard whose vines are more than 70 years old, and also an approximately 100-year-old vineyard near Quinta de Nápoles.

The Batuta is the result of a very gentle winemaking, with a longer skin contact period but gentle extraction. All the details were carefully considered in order to produce a complex and elegant fine wine. It has the intense concentration of the old vines of the Douro, but it is at the same time fresh and delicate.

Vine Age: 70-130 years old at 350-750m elevation

Grapes: Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Rufete, Malvazia Preta and others

Soil: Schist Vinification: After the fruit was meticulously sorted in the vineyard and cellar, fermentation took place in conical stainless steel tanks, with a skin contact period of approximately 60 days.

Maturation: 22 months in French barriques (25% new wood)

Buy all 6 for the OWC (Wood Case)

94-96 pts Mark Squires, Robert Parker The 2015 Batuta is a field blend from old vines, with lots of Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Rufete and others, aged in 20% new French barriques for 20 months. It comes in at just 12.5% alcohol. This may be my favorite Batuta in a long time. Now, this is always an elegantly crafted wine, always understated (often, to a fault). This year, though, it has a particularly nice combination of freshness, grip and ripe tannins that make it very appealing. Then, it adds that gorgeous intensity of fruit flavor that this vintage produced, perfectly supported and defined by the acidity that slams the fruit into the palate. There is also very respectable weight (relative to this usually understated bottling and the elegant vintage). It then finishes tight and grabs the palate. Overall, this deserves some props and plenty of them. It should age beautifully. It is also a vintage that is approachable young, but it will certainly be better in 2020 or so, assuming you can keep your hands off of it. It is very tasty now, if a bit tight. We'll see what the future brings, but I have to lean up on this beauty right now. This was not bottled when seen, but it was a tank sample, out of barrel and the final blend.

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