Niepoort 2000 Secundum Vintage Port is a different style of Vintage Port to Dirk Niepoort’s main vintage. The intention of the Niepoort Secundum Vintage Port is to provide an approachable Vintage that offers immediate satisfaction yet is well-balanced enough to age for decades. So it is not a second wine, but instead an alternative, slightly more affordable bottling for Niepoort fans.
Niepoort 2000 Secundum Vintage Port is a proper Vintage Port, but it is made from wines considered not classic enough to be included in the main Niepoort Vintage Port. It could be declared in any year: 1999 was the inaugural vintage. It is probably going to be an earlier drinker than the main Niepoort Vintage port. 2000 produced a small crop, due to poor flowering but with high skin to juice ratios as a result. Apart from one day when it rained on 28th September the harvest was carried out under ideal conditions with fine days and cool nights.
The grapes for Niepoort 2000 Secundum Vintage Port come from old vines in the Cima Corgo region were trodden in lagares and later the port was matured in large wooden vats at Niepoort’s lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia and bottled in the autumn of 2002.