Niepoort Crusted Port, fine, quality Port, unfiltered. Crusted ports are a great compromise between LBV and vintage ports and offers excellent value for money. It is made from 2 or 3 harvests of wine of vintage quality, ie the fruit from vineyards which are used for vintage Port but which have not been selected for that years blend for whatever reason. (Vintage Ports follow a house style and each year the blend is put together from a range of vineyards and it differs slightly every year depending on that years conditions. The fruit not used goes into to the crusted and it is normally a blend of 2 or 3 years of vintage fruit. It is normally aged in barrels for a couple of years before release, so the current 2014 is a blend of the vintage wine from 2011 and 2012. The style is Ruby style, deep inky colour – in fact a stunning black gold kind of colour, the wine has an opulent sheen to it which makes it look delicious and expensive. It has deep aromas of plum and dark cherry, dark chocolate, sweet spice, stewed prunes in alcohol. The tannins are superbly soft, elegant, hedonistic, a really super Ruby style Port. It is absolutely superb now but will certainly age further! As the name suggests this will throw a deposit as it is unfiltered so would benefit from decanting and pour carefully.
|Wine Type||Port, Sherry and other Fortified Wine|
|Wine Style||Full bodied|
|Grapes||Other local variety, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional|
|Maturation||2-3 years ageing in barrels and then in bottle before release|
|Ageing Potential||Good now, will certainly age further though!|