Niepoort 1999 Secundum Vintage Port is a style of Vintage Port developed by Dirk Niepoort – the Secundum’s intention is to provide an approachable Vintage Port that offers immediate satisfaction yet is well-balanced enough to age for decades. Drink this whilst you are waiting for the main vintage to mature.
The 1999 Vintage gave rise to some very well structured Ports with almost ideal ripeness. It has not been a “fully declared” year but small parcels of top quality Vintage Port have been bottled by most shippers. Secundum 99 is one of these combining power and the finesse. The fruit is seductive and the flavours enticing with a firm, but fine, structure. Could be enjoyed in 10 to 12 years time but will also keep well beyond 2020.
Niepoort 1999 Secundum was produced from vines that are more than 70 years-old (predominantly Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Tinta Amarela and Touriga Nacional). The grapes were foot trodden and the ageing was in large old oak vats at Niepoort’s lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia.