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Bioma Vinha Velha & Pisca

Bioma Vinha Velha - Niepoort

Niepoort released Pisca in 2007 but had to change names to Bioma Vinha Velha in 2008 due to a name conflict. The name change was implemented quite late and there were actually some commercial photos taken of the 2008 Pisca but the name of the wine is Bioma as of 2008.

The Bioma is made of grapes from the vineyard Vinha da Pisca, which also provides the main content of the Niepoort Vintage Ports. The vineyard is more than 80 years old.

Niepoort's intention with the Bioma Vinha Velha is to offer a Vintage Port very like the English-bottled Vintage Ports made in 1970 and before. The port is stored in logde pipes of 550 liters, rather than in large vats, and the wine is bottled after three years instead of the more common two years for Vintage Port. Niepoort emphasise that Bioma is a Single Vineyard Port and not a Single Quinta Vintage Port, and explains that the difference is that most quintas have many individual vineyards.

Bioma Vinha Velha Vintages:2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016
Pisca Vintages:2007

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HousePisca
Niepoort
Vintage2007
ColourDark ruby colour with a yellow rim.Number of tastings3
BouquetRed berry, mulberry, mint, fruit and some cedar in the nose. A slight touch of volatile acidity develops after some time in the glass.Score range15.50 - 15.90
TasteMedium body. Red berry and fruit in taste. Easy to drink and like. Balanced and quite elegant with tannins and an attractive long finish2Average score15.70
Last tasted28th April 2016Point this date15.90
CommentAt the Big Fortified Tasting in London.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBioma Vinha Velha
Niepoort
Vintage2008
ColourDark blue in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetMostly mulberry, black cherry, fruit and some cedar in the nose. Quite dry impression.Score range16.00 - 16.40
TasteRather full-bodied. Fruit and berry in flavour. Tannic but sweet and elegant with a promising and long finish.Average score16.20
Last tasted22nd April 2016Point this date16.00
CommentAt the Big Fortified Tasting in London.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBioma Vinha Velha
Niepoort
Vintage2009
ColourDark blue with a red edge in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetMinty, dark berries, mulberry, blackberry and sweet liquorice in the nose.Score range16.40 - 16.50
TasteRather full-bodied. Very concentrated and easy to drink and enjoy but loaded with fruit and soft acidity. Dark berry, mulberry and sweet liquorice in taste. Is in a way rather mature but still very young and will be much better. An extraordinary experience indeed. The finish is long and very attractive. Will be wonderful to follow!Average score16.45
Last tasted24th December 2017Point this date16.50
CommentAt home with the family
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBioma Vinha Velha
Niepoort
Vintage2011
ColourBlack in colourNumber of tastings3
BouquetLoaded with dark berry, black cherry, mulberry and fruit in the nose.Score range16.50 - 16.50
TasteQuite full-bodied. Fruit and dark berry in flavour. Very tannic but sweet and elegant with a promising, long and attractive finish. Will be very interesting to fallow. A long runner we suppose.Average score
Last tasted22nd April 2016Point this date16.50
CommentAt the Big Fortified Tasting in London.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBioma Vinha Velha
Niepoort
Vintage2013
ColourBlack in colourNumber of tastings1
BouquetLoaded with dark berry, and some allspice in the nose. Floral.
TasteQuite full-bodied. Fruit and dark berry in flavour. Quite tannic and dry with a long finish.
Last tasted22nd April 2016Rating this dateVery Impressive
CommentAt the Big Fortified Tasting in London.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersJB

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