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The 2017 Vintage Port is a field blend from old vines (80 to 100 years old). It comes in with 89 grams per liter of residual sugar. This was set for bottling in two weeks, but it was the final blend. Even when open for a couple of days, this was still tight, muscular and concentrated, grabbing the palate and never letting go. On opening, it was fragrant and delicious, but even then, there was plenty of muscle and evident concentration. The concentration and power merely improved as it aired out—unlike a lot of 2016s (which year Niepoort did not declare).
|Score: 99/100||Mark Squires, Wine Advocate, July 2019|
The 2017 Vintage Port was picked early to obtain optimal ripeness, commencing 24 August and finished 26 September. Yields are some 30% below the previous year. The fruit was foot-trodden in granite lagares and matured in large barrels in Vila Nova de Gaia. It has a refulgent purple colour. The nose is explosive, a heady cornucopia of blueberry, black cherries and crème de cassis, later just a touch of lavender. There is no holding back on these aromatics. The palate follows suit with sumptuous black fruit, quite tannic but simultaneously rounded and lavish/velvety in texture. Touches of fresh fig and raisin appear towards the finish. Drop dead gorgeous.
|Score: 96||Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2019|
Saturated ruby purple. Very pure on the nose, with ripe bramble fruits and light spiciness, accented with dried flowers. The palate is deep and rich but tamed. The tempered sweetness allows the plump and ripe fruit at the core to shine through. Chalky and spicy, with moutchoating, refined tannins. Floral and lifted on the finish, this shows great integration and surprising approachability.
|Score: 16.5+||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019|
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