Batuta Douro 2010


Niepoort is a family business dating back to 1842. Its winemaking tradition began in the Douro region, with the roduction of Port wine. Nowadays has a foothold in all the major Portuguese regions with still wines production outside the Douro Valley.

Know-how, enthusiasm and an innovative mindset have passed down from generation to generation, making Niepoort one of the most authentic and notable Portuguese wine producers.

The grapes to produce this wine come from Quinta do Carril, from a north-facing vineyard with more than 70 years, and also from old vineyards about 100 years old near Quinta de Nápoles.

Niepoort sums up this elegant bottling well by saying “Batuta is a wine of extremes, having more of everything, is at the same time, the one with a more discrete behavior.” Quite so this year (and most), as the wine opens with subtlety and elegance, seeming rather mute. It is somewhat tinged by oak early in its life. That will be easily absorbed. It takes some air and patience to see what this sometimes too subtle wine has, but there is good structure underneath (and a little tannic pop that emerges with air) that should allow the wine to develop well and have the time to acquire some complexity, which is often its best feature. It has a very Burgundian feel, with a silky, graceful mid-palate. There is nothing obvious about this bottling in any year. This year, certainly, it is a Batuta that is perhaps subtle to a fault, but it will be a perfect food wine and when you are drinking it you will suddenly realize how much you like it.”

Time will tell, definitely one of the great current masters of winemaking. Not just in Portugal but in the world


Tasting Notes from Pinto Wines

Colour Bright Ruby
Nose Complex aromas of plum, red fruits, black and green pepper, mediterranean herbs, minerals and smoked meat
Palate Very elegant palate with great freshness, firm structure and velvety tannins. Subtle with intense fruit flavors and impressive acidity. Great persistence on the palate

Fact Sheet

Size 75 cl
Grape Variety Touriga Franca, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Roriz, Rufete
Alcohol % 13%
Style Elegant and refined Douro
Estate/Producer Niepoort
Country Portugal
Region Douro
Vintage 2010
Vinification Result of a delicate vinification process, with long maceration but little extraction. Ages in French oak barrels for a period of 20 to 22 months
Closure Natural cork
Cellaring/Ageing Potential This wine has aged already but still has some room for more


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