Niepoort is the most consensual national producer and has a long history since 1842. Batuta wine is not produced every year. To make it, the vines and the winery are carefully selected. The base of this wine is the Carril vineyard, which is over 70 years old, as well as other old vines. For Batuta to be fine, elegant and complex, every detail counts, whether through delicate vinification or macerations taken to the limit. For 20 to 22 months, the wine ages in French oak barrels.
TheBatuta 2012 takes us back to a year marked by a lack of rain and a winter of low temperatures in the Douro region, which meant that the vegetation cycle in the vineyard started later than usual. However, during the ripening period, the mild temperatures allowed a balance in the acidity of the grapes. This wine presents a very intense colour, with complex and deep aromas of black plum and wild berries, and spices. In the mouth, it is fresh and elegant, full-bodied, with very polished tannins.
The 2014 Batuta is the lightest and most elegant, due to the attempt to produce finer wines with little extraction. It has a subtle bright ruby colour and a complex and deep aroma. With floral notes, cocoa, wild berries and very polished tannins, in the glass, several layers can be seen, which reflect the freshness and mineral profile. In the mouth, it is silky and firm, in perfect harmony and rigour.
The Batuta 2017 takes us back to a short, intense and early harvest given the atmospheric conditions of this harvest year. A dry and little rainy winter, a hot and dry spring and a summer with high temperatures and little rainfall, allowed the production of a more concentrated and deeper wine, compared to previous harvests. It has a ruby colour, more complex and rigorous aromas, slightly floral and well-defined minerality, with hints of wood and wild berries. In the mouth it is elegant, balanced and deep.
These wines are characterised by a long, very fine and seductive finish, with great ageing potential.
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