Est. 2011

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 da Pisca Vintages:2017, 2020
Bioma Vinha Velha Vintages:2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016
Pisca Vintages:2007

Vintage Port tasting notes:

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
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
ColourDark blue with a red edge in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetMinty, dark berries, mulberry, blackberry and sweet liquorice but also cream candy and spiciness and some cacao in the nose.Score range16.25 - 16.50
TasteRather full-bodied. Very concentrated and easy to drink and enjoy but loaded with fruit and soft very round tannins. Dark berry, mulberry and sweet liquorice as well as spiciness in taste. The finish is long, balance and with very attractive acidity and complexity. Will be wonderful to follow!Average score16.38
Last tasted21st April 2021Point this date16.25
CommentTasted at home in Second International Online Vintage Tasting with our German Port Friends from World of Port.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBioma Vinha Velha
ColourDark ruby in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetDark berries and mint with some old grocery shop as well as dark chocolate, coffee and a hint of banana in the nose.Score range15.90 - 16.00
TasteQuite full bodied. Dark chocolate, cacao and dark berry and some mint in flavour. Good tannic structure. Will become better. Balanced and rather complex with a rather long and lovely finish.Average score15.95
Last tasted20th April 2023Point this date15.90
CommentTasted at the Big Fortified Tasting in London, Great Britain.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBioma Vinha Velha
ColourVery dark ruby in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetInteresting with bread, fresh from the oven, roses and of course dark berry such as mulberry. dry cherry, black berry and liquorice in the noseScore range16.25 - 16.50
TasteAlmost full- bodied. Elegant and balanced but of course tannic. Loaded with fruit, liquorice and much more in taste. Compact and elegant with a very long finish and quite sweet aftertaste. Very impressive port which will be nice to follow!Average score16.39
Last tasted2nd March 2024Point this date16.25
CommentTasted at the Port Wine Fair in Roskilde, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBioma Pisca Vinho Velha
ColourRuby in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCacao, dark chocolate, mature dark berries and some spiciness in the nose.
TasteAlmost full-bodied. Balanced with a lot of elegant, rounded tannins. Very tasty with dark berries, cacao and spiciness in the mouth. Easy to drink and enjoy already today with a complex and very straight finish!
Last tasted29th November 2019Rating this dateVery Impressive
CommentTasted at the Port Wine Festival in Leverkusen, Germany

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS

Last tasted:

1st April
Graham’s Malvedos 1987
31st March
Calem 2002
30th March
Constantinos 1960
F. Martins
Hutcheson 1960
Quinta do Sibio
Real Vinicola 1960
29th March
Fonseca-Guimaraens 1974
Joven 1974
Quinta de Vargellas
Taylor 1974
21st March
Fonseca-Guimaraens 1995
Quinta do Bomfim
Dow 1995
Quinta do Infantado 1995
Quinta do Noval 1995
Quinta de Terra Feita
Taylor 1995
Quinta de Vargellas
Taylor 1995
Quinta do Vesuvio 1995


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