Niepoort, Batuta 2017 Bottle size: 750mlPortugal, Douro
'The 2017 Batuta is a field blend from old vines aged for 20 months in 25% new French barriques. It comes in at just 13% alcohol. Not quite bottled when seen, this was the final blend and out of cask. Well. If I thought the Redoma was gloriously fresh, this one-ups it pretty easily. "Glorious" is the right word here, at least when coupled with "freshness." Silky, fruit forward and simple enlivening, this has a lingering finish filled with lifted fruit flavor. As always, there isn't a lot of depth, and it has an understated feel for its level. And, as tends to happen, I have a slight preference for the Redoma in the lineup. This 2017, however, is certainly a great example of a food wine that will drain fast at the table. Its freshness will preserve it as it ages, but it is surprisingly approachable right now. Drink 2020 - 2042.' – Mark Squires, Wine Advocate, 92-94/100
'With an attractive ruby-red hue, the Batuta 2017 shows a bit more concentration and especially depth than the previous few vintages. Its deeply austere but complex aromas offer generous notes of fruits of the forest. Delicate floral nuances and a distinct mineral character are subtly underlined by a hint of oak. A distinguished and elegant palate with plenty of acidity is supported by a firm tannic backbone. Despite its youth, the wine impresses with its depth and precision, and a very long, elegant and seductive finish. This is a wine which promises to age gracefully.' – Winemaker
The Niepoort family has been creating Port Wines since 1842. Dirk Niepoort, fifth generation, is the head of the business after his father, Rolf’s retirement in 2005. Dirk is a pioneer of table wines in Portugal and, as with all Dirk’s projects around the world, his focus is on traditionally made wines that offer elegance while showcasing terroir. Dirk ‘helped transform the region and the way the world thinks about wine’ says Wine & Spirits Magazine about Dirk and his role in the Douro. His wines transcend the extreme heat of the Douro and display great freshness and elegance.
|Blend information||Field blend|
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|Producer information||The Niepoort family has been creating Port Wines since 1842. Dirk Niepoort, fifth generation, is the head of the business after his father, Rolf's retirement in 2005. Dirk is a pioneer of table wines in Portugal and, as with all Dirk's projects around the world, his focus is on traditionally made wines that offer elegance while showcasing terroir. Dirk 'helped transform the region and the way the world thinks about wine' says Wine & Spirits Magazine about Dirk and his role in the Douro. His wines transcend the extreme heat of the Douro and display great freshness and elegance.|
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