Niepoort 1999 Quinta Do Passadouro is a Single Quinta Vintage Port.
Vintage Port must be bottled within two years of the harvest date and be 100 per cent wine from that harvest. The magic of Vintage port is different in every phase: as a young wine it captures the youthful fruit characters, then after 20 years or more the effects of the slow bottle age integration are revealed and finally after many decades the spirit dominates the wine. Vintage Port is amazing in all the three phases. Maturation in the bottle is more reductive than cask ageing and the wine that results has a fruitiness and power which develops in the traditional ageing vessel, the classic, thick, black port bottle.
Niepoort 1999 Quinta Do Passadouro is probably Niepoort’s best Quinta Do Passadouro effort, yet in a not “fully declared” year. The hallmarks remain, with sumptious ripe fruit and silky tannins. Will be drinking between 2009 and 2019. First produced in 1992 when it was highly acclaimed by Robert Parker. 100% foot trodden and fermented in lagares without destemming. Production hovers at around 1000 cases per declaration. Packed in wooden boxes of six.