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Grape Variety: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others
Aging Potential: Drink now till 2025.
Serving Temperature: 16 °C
Alcohol Level: 19.5%
The Crusted Port complements the Niepoort Vintage and Late Bottled Vintage style. Traditionally, Crusted Port is selected from wines of Vintage quality, from two or three harvests, undergoes no fining or filtration prior to bottling and is released three years after bottling. As the name suggests, Crusted Port creates a natural deposit in bottle, therefore it is important to decant it before serving. This Port is most appealing in its youth but will also benefit from several years of ageing, during which the bottle should be stored lying down.
The majority of this Crusted Port bottled in 2014 comes from the Niepoort Pisca vineyard and several vineyards in Vale de Mendiz harvested in 2011, along with a couple of small vineyard parcels from Casal de Loivos high up above Pinhão from the 2012 harvest.With a brilliant dark red appearance and good depth on the rim, the wine also shows classic aromas of dark plums, cherries and mint. On the palate, grainy tannins dominate along with dark chocolate notes. It is a great blend of years, with the 2011 component dominating, but offering a more seductive and exuberant character compared to the finer 2011 Niepoort Vintage. Certainly a superb wine to drink now or to age for several decades.
When the Niepoort family moved from Holland to the Douro region of Portugal in 1842, the rise of one of the great port houses of Porto begins. And in 1997, as the fifth generation to make fortified wines for the family business, Dirk Niepoort began a brand new rise. Considered a true Renaissance man, Dirk continues to make port using the same traditional methods as his ancestors.
Dirk has striven to improve the company's Vintage Ports; His vineyards were upgraded (notably most are farmed organically, without any pesticides and herbicides) and the winery completely revamped. As for the grape crushing, Dirk is a passionate advocate of the traditional method of 'treading' (by foot) to extract maximum flavour and colour. These efforts resulted in magnificent examples from recently declared years.
Niepoort Vintage Port has a style that can be appreciated when very young, though as it matures, the wine soon closes up and become as long-lived as any.
|Style||Port Wine/Fortified Wine|
|Serving Temperature||16 °C|
|Grape Variety||Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others|
|Wine Closure||Natural Cork|
|Cellaring||Ready to Drink/Keep|