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Another day in Paradise

Posted: 10:44 Sun 05 May 2019
by Axel P
Well there are these days, when you - even before it happens - thought: you have seen it all.

I was invited to a private function South of Port via Dirk to a private Port- and wine lover. Everyone in the room - except me - was permanently living in Portugal, so - guess what: the language was Portuguese all over. But: since you can guess many things, it went allright. The topic was "A Niepoort vertical - very exciting since the last Niepoort vertical(s) that I attended were almost ten years ago and these bottles become extremely rare.

So the day started with perfect bottles of 1942 (yes, the Literbottle), 1945, 1960, 1963, 1966 and 1970 - unfortunately the 55 did not show top, but extremely drinkable as well. After this Dirk very discretely sneaked in a 27 as well.

We then had the 1912 and 1900 Colheita, the old VV and a Garrafeira 48 for desert and since Antonio Agrellos - the former winemaker of Noval - arrived a bit late and told the organiser, what a great year 48 is, he also opened a bottle of Grahams 48 - just to compare with the Garrafeira.

In the end someone told a nice story about the 63 NN, which he then also quickly picked up from the cellar and everyone had a glass of this as well.

Well, if Groundhog day ever occures to me, this would be my day. Accompanied by sunny weather and the typical outstanding portuguese hospitality...

Well, maybe I have seen it all, but the host already has plans to celebrate 1945 next year and 1927 and....

Porto is always worth a visit!

PS: I almost forgot about the non-fortifieds: Fantastic bottles of Krug Grand Cuvee and Charme and Batuta 2004 along with Coche and Redoma Reserve 17.

Re: Another day in Paradise

Posted: 16:00 Sun 05 May 2019
by Andy Velebil
Excellent line up!

How were the Niepoort dry wines?

Re: Another day in Paradise

Posted: 08:07 Mon 06 May 2019
by PhilW
Just... wow.
Sound like a fantastic day, and a very generous host.

Re: Another day in Paradise

Posted: 13:49 Tue 07 May 2019
by AHB
That does sound like a fantastic event to have been invited to - and I loved the pictures on Facebook.

In your opinion, how does the old VV compare with the 2012 bottling of VV?

Re: Another day in Paradise

Posted: 17:22 Sat 11 May 2019
by Axel P
AHB wrote: ↑
13:49 Tue 07 May 2019
In your opinion, how does the old VV compare with the 2012 bottling of VV?
We had them side-by-side some time ago in one of the Xmas tastings together (or was it another event in the UK?). They are very tough to compare. Both very old Tanwies, but the old VV with a very rustic structure and some bottle age (the last ones were bottled in the 1970s) and the new VV much more balanced, but equally complex - totally different style.

Re: Another day in Paradise

Posted: 19:25 Sun 18 Aug 2019
by jdaw1
Axel P wrote: ↑
10:44 Sun 05 May 2019
So the day started with perfect bottles of 1942 (yes, the Literbottle), 1945, 1960, 1963, 1966 and 1970 - unfortunately the 55 did not show top, but extremely drinkable as well. After this Dirk very discretely sneaked in a 27 as well.
Ni27 and Ni45 are amongst the finest Ports I’ve ever tasted.