NV Niepoort VV (Bottled 2012)

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NV Niepoort VV (Bottled 2012)

Post by jdaw1 » 22:26 Fri 14 Dec 2012

On Thursday 13th December 2012 a subset of the obvious suspects gathered at the Bell, Wendens Ambo CB11 4JY, to taste some treasures.

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Re: NV Niepoort VV, 2012 bottling

Post by Axel P » 11:32 Sat 15 Dec 2012

Niepoort Jubilee. 170 years of Niepoort!

This was a big surprise for me - to say the least. Dirk brought one of the new VV bottles to the tasting. Having tasted some old Colheitas you could imideately see by the colour and the concentration that this wine, which I just recently heard about, was old - very old. Dirk said that the mother vintage of this blend is 1863. For all of us having tasted the 1863 Colheita two years ago at the Niepoort Vertical in Leverkusen as desert Port, the expectations were very high.

Pitch dark color at the center getting only a little bit lighter towards the edges (much too small to call this a rim) with intense green reflections. Extremely concentrated nose with full toffee and honey flavor, a perfectly supporting acidity and hints of various herbs and tobacco-leaves. On the palate this concentration continues with an impressive, but not overwhelming concentration of dried fruits, caramell, some honey notes and smoke. Extremely long and pleasant aftertaste, which continues to go on and on and on...

In comparison to the VV bottled in the 50s it does show some similarities, especially when it comes down to concentration, but the new VV does combine intensity, elegance and a perfect balance of flavor, acidity and sweetness. Well done and very, very close to perfection. 19+/20

Axel

PS. I am re-tasting the sample which was left in the bottle while writing this.

Furhter information on this at: http://niepoort-vinhos.com/en/ports/VV.html#VV
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Re: NV Niepoort VV, 2012 bottling

Post by Axel P » 11:35 Sat 15 Dec 2012

PPS. This was my second wine of the night. The first being the Dow 1945, which I believe to be a perfect Port. TN to follow soon.

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Re: NV Niepoort VV, 2012 bottling

Post by AHB » 22:07 Sun 16 Dec 2012

A new blend of the VV wine, blended by Dirk Niepoort and based on over 50% of the 1863 colheita. Bottled in 2012 - 999 bottles will be filled and sold very slowly over many years.

Chestnut brown at the centre, gold on the rim; 90% opaque. Slightly soapy on the nose, lots of VA. Thick texture, huge acidity on the attack, and a concentration of flavour that builds up to amazing levels. Very concentrated and intense flavours - like perfect balsamic vinegar. A huge explosion of intense flavour on the aftertaste, then a gentle espresso finish that lingers for ages. Fantastic port. 92/100
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Re: NV Niepoort VV, 2012 bottling

Post by jdaw1 » 00:32 Mon 11 Feb 2013

NI VV, largely 1863. Will bottle 999 bottles. Dark dark brown, 80% opaque. taste of heavy molasses. Slow build to big molasses sweetness. Lots of tobacco, smoke (El Rey del Mundo). Some PX-like flavours. Magnificent.

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