It is appropriate that the name “Batuta” means conductor's baton. This is certainly the leader (and the finest) of the three reds made by Niepoort. That's because, while it remains as powerful a statement as the other two (Redoma and Vertente), it also has better balance of rich fruits, sweet tannins and the dark chocolate flavors. Age for six years at least.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.