Organic Dão from Mr. Niepoort

I picked up this 2017 vintage of Dirk Niepoort’s Bioma red in ConventBio organic farm shop costing around €19 – also available at supermarkets such as Apolónia for around the same price.

2017 is, of course, one of the truly great vintages of recent times in the Douro, but this wine came as something of a surprise to me when tasted. I was expecting a full-bodied red in the true Douro style and indeed based on tasting notes I have read on this wine from other vintages.

But the 2017 is a well-rounded, medium-bodied wine, made from a typical blend of organic Douro grapes with the predominant variety being Tinta Amarela.

The wine is aged in used port wine casks with minimal intervention, resulting in a wine with great purity of fruit.

On the nose, the fruit comes to front without any trace of oak, beautifully balanced in the mouth with supple tannins and deep concentration of flavour leading to a long finish.

By Patrick Stuart
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