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Niepoort 'Batuta' 2008

"Dirk's aim was to produce an impressive wine, and that is why the name Batuta (meaning the orchestral conductor baton) was chosen. The Batuta is a 100 year old vine selection of the Redoma Douro." Importer's Note "Firm and fresh-tasting, with medium-grained...


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Brand Name
Niepoort
Country
PORTUGAL
Style
Red Wine
Region
Douro
Varietal
Touriga National
Size
750 mL Bottle

Product Description

"Dirk's aim was to produce an impressive wine, and that is why the name Batuta (meaning the orchestral conductor baton) was chosen. The Batuta is a 100 year old vine selection of the Redoma Douro." Importer's Note

"Firm and fresh-tasting, with medium-grained tannins behind the zesty plum, berry and raspberry flavors. A vein of spiced red currant runs through this as well, with a creamy finish that's firm and precise. Drink now through 2020"
92 Points Wine Spectator

"The 2008 BATUTA is a typical Douro blend (Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and others) of grapes and old vine (70+ years) vineyards aged for 21 months in French oak. Most of Batuta comes from Niepoort’s Quinta do Carril’s north facing vineyards, plus some old vines (100 years) fruit sourced near Quinta de Napoles. Let’s say at the outset that this is never the most obvious wine. It usually has a Burgundian mid-palate and it goes for finesse and complexity. Sometimes I think its style melds best with the bigger vintages, as it tames them perfectly. This year seems to work just fine, though. In any event, don’t pour it and take a sip. Pour it, let it air out, sit with it for a couple of hours. It is easy to drink, but persistent and lingering, the finish becoming more interesting as time goes on, and you begin to realize that there is more here than meets the palate at first attack. It is a wine that you grow into. The ’08 version is a creature of its vintage, very bright, very crisp, with a juicy, succulent finish. There is a hit of power on the end and the wine develops very nicely. This is not quite as approachable and as easy as the ’07, but I liked it more and more as it aired out and showed its class and at the moment it is my upset pick. Maybe I’ll be proven wrong in time, but I don’t think many will be unhappy with the ‘08. When I started this tasting, I preferred this year’s Redoma. Three hours on, Batuta was equally if not more interesting, just lovely, sensually wrapping around the palate, in perfect balance. There were 15,163 bottles produced. Drink now-2028"
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