Niepoort Crusted Port is a superb Port which goes some way to bridging the gap between Late Bottled Vintage and Vintage Port styles. 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. This is the 4th Edition of Niepoort Crusted Port which was bottled in December 2014.
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. The grapes are sourced mainly from Niepoort’s Pisca vineyard, 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 our cellars. The production was small, with a total of 10 000 Litres.
Vintage Ports and Crusted Ports form sediment in the bottle as they age. This sediment is also known as crust and the Port “forms a crust”, hence the name. These styles of Port 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.