2007 Niepoort, Charme, Douro
Tasted and drunk non blind from Riedel Sommelier Hermitage glass 3rd of March 2012. Note inspired by SAT from WSET. http://www.wsetglobal.com/documents/dipsat_wine26.04.11.pdf
Appearance and nose:
At opening: Transparent ruby with medium (+) intensity. Raspberry, currant and very delicate leather notes.
After five hours: Toasty coffee-beans. Dark sweet plum and dark chocolate. Still fine raspberry aroma characteristics.
Dry and then it evolves in all over your palate! Velvety soft tannins that coats every corner on your palate. Medium (+) flavor intensity, medium acidity. Only medium body, maybe even medium (-). Alcohol is 13,5% and well balanced. Flavour characteristics of strawberry, raspberry and a huge field of flowers. Only a touch of leather and spice from the oak ageing. Black schist and a slight mintyness that keeps the wine very fresh. After five hours open it just evolves even further and brings in coffee and chocolate notes. The taste lingers on for a long time in complete balance, where the fruit intensity balances the mature fruit.
This is an outstanding wine because of it’s fantastic balance and freshness. Very nice complexity, but never looses focus on the primary fruit. I think this wine will develop over the next 5 – 10 years, but it taste so fantastic right now that I will have problems keeping my hands away.
Rating on my 100 point scale: 95 points.