Niepoort Vintage Port 2017 75cl
Sousao, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Francisca, Tinto Cao, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz
2017 oli legendaardne portveini aastakäik, nii ka Niepoorti puhul.
“The 2017 Vintage Port is epic and a triumph, the best wine I’ve ever done. It is close to perfection, reminding me the famous 1945 vintage. It’s also a very rare vintage due to its unique freshness and great aging potential.” – Dirk Niepoort
Dirk korjab marjad oma “kolleegidest” alati varem ning eemaldab hoolikalt kõik üleküpsenud marjad, et vältida moosist stiili. Kõige nooremad veinipuud 80 aasta vanused, aga enamus on 100+ aastased. Kõik viinamarjad on sõtkutud 100% täiskobaratena jalgadega graniidist anumates. 2017 port laagerdus kaks aastat suurtes tammevaatides ning pudeldati juunis 2019. Toodetud 6750 kasti. Detailne infoleht asub siin.
Wine Advocate 99-100 p
James Suckling 98 p
Jancis Robinson 19.5 p (max 20 p)
Revista de Vinhos 20 p (max 20 p)
“The 2017 Vintage Port is a blend from old vines (80 to 100 years old). It comes in with 89 grams per liter of residual sugar. Even when open for a couple of days, this was still tight, muscular and concentrated, grabbing the palate and never letting go. On opening, it was fragrant and delicious, but even then, there was plenty of muscle and evident concentration. The concentration and power merely improved as it aired out—unlike a lot of 2016s (which year Niepoort did not declare). Tasting it after several days open showed that it shut down and closed up in terms of expressiveness, but it definitively proved that it’s an oldschool, long-haul wine. Dry, stern and long on the finish, this is brilliant. It is hard to think of any basis on which this is not perfection just now—Niepoort says it is the best he’s ever made. It’s certainly the best I’ve seen from him, and it is a leading candidate for “Wine of the Vintage,” although certainly not the only one. Finally, this is going to require patience. Nothing about it says “drink me now.” It should age brilliantly. If you lack a cellar and patience, look away.- Wine Advocate 99-100 points
“All from Cima Corgo. All field blends, including Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tin- ta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz, etc, oldest vines 80–100 years. Any overripe grapes removed. 100% foot trod- den with 100% stems. Press wine very important – like ‘gold’, says Niepoort. Not from all the vineyards just from his four favourite, eg Pisca. Black cherry colour with narrow purple rim. Gorgeous pure hedgerow black fruit and no sense of the alcohol on the nose – it has been completely integrated with the fruit already. Ripe blackberry, elderberry and blackcurrant and a touch of spice, wild fruit. Incredibly intense on the palate but not showy and the tannins make it taste almost dry. I’ve put a start date of 2025 but this is ridiculously delicious now even though it clearly has massive potential longevity. An incredible dark, rocky purity with a long savoury finish, the fruit is intense but not ultra-fruity. This reminds me of the rocky Douro from which the wines come. Sheer beauty with hidden power. Glorious, very long, totally moreish even now. Drink 2027-2070.” – Jancis Robinson 19.5/20 points
“Wow. Smoky and intense on the nose with dried fruits and slate undertones. Lots of wet earth too. Full body, sweet yet dry and tannic on the palate. Very powerful and focused. Racy and powerful. A fantastic center palate of fruit. A blend of touriga franca, tinto cao, tinta francisca, tinta amarela, sousao, tinta roriz and others. Drink in 2025 and onwards.” – James Suckling 98 points