Niepoort 2017 Vintage Port Launch - 11 April 2019

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Niepoort 2017 Vintage Port Launch - 11 April 2019

Post by DRT » 10:48 Thu 11 Apr 2019

Two of our members are currently attending the official UK launch of Niepoort 2017 Vintage Port at Lyle’s Restaurant in Shoreditch, London, accompanied by some older goodies...

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Re: Niepoort 2017 Vintage Port Launch - 11 April 2019

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Re: Niepoort 2017 Vintage Port Launch - 11 April 2019

Post by DRT » 11:04 Thu 11 Apr 2019

Tasting notes:

Niepoort Vintage 2017

Julian: Red purple, as opaque as young Port. Nose dominated by red grape, with prune and plum. Also something exotic. I thought pineapple, but not quite that. Palate is sweet and approachable, large but not gigantic, deliciously balanced. And stuffed hard with raspberry jam – dense with it, deliciously so. I could drink this with toast. Or by itself. And very very long. Five minutes later something else arrived, so I drank water. This had impressive length. With more time in glass, very different. Tannins now bigger, raspberry still there but less dominant. Still great balance and great length. Also a hint of tank showing, but that will disperse soon enough.

Alex: Deep purple colour with an opaque centre and a narrow rim. Superb blackcurrant fruit on the nose, very sweet and perfectly ripe with a lovely esteva perfume. A wonderful balance on the entry with the fruit leading, fruit which is ripe and clean with no over-ripeness. Astonishing perfumed tannins on the mid-palate; ripe and fine-grained but astonishingly well integrated into the fruit. A fabulous perfume to the fruit. The aftertaste has a slight chewiness to the fruit, fruit which fades in and out of the finish, lingering for ages and dancing with the gentle green-edged tannins. This is a beautiful wine with a wonderful balance of clean, pure fruit but with powerful tannins. The purity and elegance of the wine is amazing - and makes this very special. 94-96 points.


Niepoort Vintage 1942

Julian: Orange-brown, 25% opaque. Palate soft and full, large and long. Showing age: hint of orange, but the sweet fruit fruit had faded. Extremely long. Becoming Bridgeman.

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Niepoort Vintage 1970 (Dumpy bottle)

Julian:Brick red 25%. Red cherry, smoke – distant cigar – and perfectly soft. A mite of heat mid palate. Sweetness in perfect balance. Still a stunning mature VP, though on the edge of tired.

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Niepoort Colheita 1987

Julian: Orange-yellow 15%. Again soft and balanced; crisp acidity showing beautifully. Mid-to-light weight. Very long.


(Typo — of mine — fixed by JDAW at 10:15 Sat 13th Apr 2019.)
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Re: Niepoort 2017 Vintage Port Launch - 11 April 2019

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1 litre bottle of Niepoort Vintage 1942
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Re: Niepoort 2017 Vintage Port Launch - 11 April 2019

Post by DRT » 18:23 Thu 11 Apr 2019

The first message I received on this subject was this morning at 10:16.

The WhatsApp messages are still coming thick and fast from Alex and Julian, but now they are having a blind tasting in a wine bar with Dirk some 8 hours after they started.

Good stamina from the team :GoldStar:
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Re: Niepoort 2017 Vintage Port Launch - 11 April 2019

Post by Christopher » 19:29 Thu 11 Apr 2019

Congratulations on the first reviews of the 2017 Vintage! It’s always great to see the early reviews before group think potentially sets in.

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Re: Niepoort 2017 Vintage Port Launch - 11 April 2019

Post by AHB » 10:16 Fri 12 Apr 2019

Dirk has offered to send members of TPF a handful of half bottles of his 2017 Vintage Port for us to try on condition we post our impressions of his wine. If anyone would like to take up his offer, please drop me a private message and let me know.
Top Ports in 2018 (so far): Niepoort VV (1960's Bottling), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994 and San Leonardo Very Old White (Bottled 2018)
2017 Ports of the year: Fonseca 1927 and Quinta do Noval 1927

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Re: Niepoort 2017 Vintage Port Launch - 11 April 2019

Post by DRT » 23:23 Fri 12 Apr 2019

AHB wrote:
10:16 Fri 12 Apr 2019
Dirk has offered to send members of TPF a handful of half bottles of his 2017 Vintage Port for us to try on condition we post our impressions of his wine. If anyone would like to take up his offer, please drop me a private message and let me know.
I assume that 96 half bottles to my Seckfords account is not the response you are looking for?
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Re: Niepoort 2017 Vintage Port Launch - 11 April 2019

Post by AHB » 00:24 Sat 13 Apr 2019

DRT wrote:
23:23 Fri 12 Apr 2019
AHB wrote:
10:16 Fri 12 Apr 2019
Dirk has offered to send members of TPF a handful of half bottles of his 2017 Vintage Port for us to try on condition we post our impressions of his wine. If anyone would like to take up his offer, please drop me a private message and let me know.
I assume that 96 half bottles to my Seckfords account is not the response you are looking for?
You are quite correct. It is not.
Top Ports in 2018 (so far): Niepoort VV (1960's Bottling), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994 and San Leonardo Very Old White (Bottled 2018)
2017 Ports of the year: Fonseca 1927 and Quinta do Noval 1927

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