Niepoort Crusted Port very much complements the already well renowned Vintage and Late Bottled Vintage in the Niepoort range. Traditionally, Crusted Port, is selected from wines of Vintage quality, from two or three harvests, which undergo no fining or filtration prior to bottling and are only released three years after bottling.
Niepoort is a family company now in its fifth generation and presently managed by Dirk Niepoort. Despite being one of the smallest shippers in the trade they are second to none in quality. Already famous for their classic tawny ports, they have now joined the ranks of the great producers of Vintage Port. Reputations take long to establish and only when there is a genuine commitment to quality throughout the company is a name made.
This second bottling of Niepoort Crusted Port is a blend of mainly 2008 (80%) and 2007 vintage Ports. Grapes were foot trodden in “lagares” prior to ageing in large old wooden vats at Niepoort’s cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia. The production was small, with a total of 6,000 liters, bottled in March 2011. A lively an exuberant Port that Niepoort believes “is very enticing to drink right now, however, as it has a fine structure, we believe will allow it to gain some fabulous bottle age over several decades.”
As the name suggests, this port will develop a crust, i.e. sediment, and will eventually require decanting. Read more about why and how to decant Port here.