This 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.
This Crusted originates, predominantly from wines of 2003 and 2005 harvest. Grapes were foot trodden in lagares prior to ageing in large old wooden vats in Vila Nova de Gaia cellars. The production was small, with a total of 6,900 bottles, which were bottled in December 2007.
Brilliant, dark, ruby colour, with a fantastic depth. Active aroma of dark plums and blackberries. On the palate, amazing silky tannin and a very mellow middle palate, leading to a long slightly spirity finish.
As the name suggests, Crusted Port, with time, will throw a natural deposit in bottle, being important to decant prior to serving. Niepoort Crusted is most appealing in its youth but will also benefit from several years ageing in bottle, for which the wines should be stored lying down.