Niepoort Vintage Port 2017, rare vintage Port of exceptional quality, structure, freshness and complexity. Wines like this are produced when nature decides to bless you with the best it can offer, 2017 for Niepoort was just that. I tasted the wines with Dirk in Manchester and his excitement for this years Port was palpable. Of course, he has to be enthusiastic every year, he has to sell his Port but 2017 was very obviously something special. The wine spoke for itself, even in youth, it is quite simply stunning to drink, and so fresh, the tannins, alcohol, fruits, acidity are all seamless and in perfect balance. In fact, it is a myth that you can’t or shouldn’t drink Vintage Port young, according to Dirk, his best Ports are beautiful for the first 2-3 years after harvest, vibrant, open and full of bright fruits, then they go to sleep all of sudden, like a sleeping beauty and he says you shouldn’t wake them for 10 even 15 years when they will come back to life again but in a different form,more mature, savoury and intellectual. Of course the length of time you need to leave them depends in the vintage (that is why you need to buy a few so you can keep testing them!). In the case of 2017, try it now, it is gorgeous, and so elegant and light in touch, it could be a glass of Burgundy, if you decide to leave it, the good thing about the half bottle is it matures quicker, so leave this one 6-8 years and it will already be showing something pretty special.
I could bore you with technical info about 2017 was such a great vintage but instead, read it from the horses mouth here on our blog, words and info from Dirk Niepoort.
|Wine Type||Port, Sherry and other Fortified Wine|
|Wine Style||Full bodied|
|Grapes||Other local variety, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional|
|Maturation||2 Years in Toneis ( Large wooden casks which lie on their sides, usually over 1000 litres capacity)|
|Total Sulphur||Below 50mg/l|
|Annual Production||10 - 20,000 bottles|
|Ageing Potential||How long do you want??|