The glass containing the Niepoort Vintage is almost overflowing with fruity aromas – damson, cassis, tobacco and cigar box all beautifully defined. With aeration there is a very appealing sense of Bordeaux-like austerity that comes forth. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins, a slight savoriness infusing the tertiary black fruit, and superb structure on the reserved, quite aristocratic finish, which offers a kick of spice on the aftertaste. Wonderful. Tasted May 2013
Neal Martin 94/96 pt.
Great nose here of crushed raspberries and minerals with hints of dark chocolate. Full body, medium sweet with a chewy, peppery and lightly stemmy character. It’s long and tannic but very polished. One of best ever young vintage Ports from here. 1,500 cases produced of this foot-trodden wine. Try in 2023.
James Suckling – 97 pt.