Niepoort Batuta 2004  £65.95

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Niepoort Batuta 2004

Batuta is a wine of extremes; the tannins are present yet fine and elegant. The old north-facing vineyard from Quinta do Carril are the main source for Batuta, but also older vines (about 100 years) near Quinta de Nápoles are included. Batuta 2004 results from a very delicate vinification system where the alcoholic maceration is led to the extreme and all details are taken into account, in order to obtain a very complex, fine and elegant wine. The result is a balanced wine, very deep and intense although fresh and long.

2004 was an extremely dry year, limiting the berry size; nevertheless, the rain in middle August gave sufficient water for a balanced maturation process, with ripe tannins, without excessive sugar contents. The harvest was done in the first two weeks of September and although the grape quality was very good, the grape selection was rigorous in the vine and in the winery sorting table. After total destemming, natural fermentation took place in small conic stainless steel vats. Grapes were very gently worked in order to avoid excessive extraction, with 2 days of cold maceration, and 2 months of alcoholic maceration. After that, the wine passed to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and 20 months ageing process.

Dark intense colour and aroma with great complexity, with concentrated black fruit, spicy intense notes of black and green pepper, and elegant balsamic notes along with tobacco and earthy aromas; ending with coffee, mocha and toasty aromas. The wide palate, very precise and tight, with fruitiness and impressive minerality. Fine and seductive tannic structure linked to long persistence ending. Certainly a wine for the next decades.