Niepoort, Batuta 750ml 2015Portugal, Douro
The fruit comes from Quinta do Carril, a north-facing vineyard with more than 70 years, near Quinta de Nápoles and also from two other vineyards that are over 100 years old, planted at an altitude of 750 metres. Batuta is a perfect blend: powerful, elegant, with a superb harmony and a great ageing potential.
Batuta is a wine of extremes, having more of everything, is at the same time, the one with a more discrete behavior. The tannins are present yet fine and elegant, the aroma is very rich, and intense but never exuberant, it has plenty of concentration from the old Douro vineyards, but it’s fresh and elegant. Batuta is a counter-current wine, where less is more.
North facing very old vineyards from Quinta do Carril are the main source for Batuta, but grapes from older vines (about 100 years old) near Quinta de Nápoles are also included. Batuta results from a very delicate vinification, where the alcoholic maceration is led to the extreme and where all the details are taken into account in order to obtain this very complex, fine and elegant wine.
'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 barriques for 20 months. It comes in at just 12.5% alcohol. This may be my favorite 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 flavor 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.' – The Wine Advocate, 94-96/100
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