Niepoort Batuta 2015
“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 barrels for 20 months. It comes in at just 12.5% alcohol. This may be my favourite 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 flavour 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.”
Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2032
Designation of originDouro
Regulated designationDenominação Origem Controlada
ProducerNiepoort (Vinhos) SA
Touriga Franca 40 % Tinta roriz 30 % Rufete (Tinta Pinheira) 20 % Malvasia Petra 10 %
Degree of alcohol12.5 %
Type of bottle closureCork
Type of containerColoured glass container
Regular price: $92.50
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