Two Excellent Niepoorts

Niepoort Ten Year Old Dry White ****

Deep straw in colour; pleasing, savoury, old fashioned, lanolin, musky-casky aromas with honey too, on the way to tawny in style; savoury-sweet flavours, honey and brazil nuts. Top notch, the best in a very small class of cask-aged white Ports. 18

Niepoort 1983  ****

Mid-deep with a thin browning rim; lovely ripe, dark chocolate aromas, open but still with more to give; rich yet characteristically firm dry tannins, very well-structured, cast-iron backbone, bitter chocolate intensity, quite dry in style and evolving very well. Very reassuring wine: sweet and structured. A really good example from a rather variable vintage. 18   

Scoring

19 - 20 An outstanding wine (*****)

17 – 18 An excellent wine in its class, highly recommended (****)

15 - 16 A good wine, with much to recommend it (***)

13 - 14 An enjoyable but simple, straightforward wine (**)

10 – 12 A very ordinary wine without faults but with no great merit (*)

8 - 10 Disagreeable (no stars)

Below 8 Faulty