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 4th edition bottling of Niepoort Crusted Port is blend of Ports and is mainly 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. Grapes were foot-trodden with 100% stems in lagares in Vale de Mendiz prior to being aged in large old wooden vats in Niepoort’s cellars. The production was small, with a total of 10 000 Litres. Bottled in January 2014.
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.
As Niepoort Crusted Port is bottled unfiltered, it is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.