Late Bottled Vintage port is from a single year. The wine ages 4-6 years in old oak casks (opposed to Vintage that ages 2-3). LBV fills the gap between the rubies and the vintage ports since a Ruby Port should be drunk quite young and a great Vintage Port may need 15 to 20 years to really open up and show its splendour. This led to the idea in the 1960s to age the wine 4 to 6 years in large casks before bottling it, thereby producing a wine with the style of a Vintage Port with its deep colour and concentration of fruit but with a more mature character caused by the longer ageing in wood.
Brilliant red colour with a wonderful aroma of dark fruits and a classy touch of chocolate.
On the palate sweet grainy seductive tannins give the wine a superb elegance and interact well with
the fruit and fine spirity finish.
The wine can be enjoyed now, and will become more complex with further cellaring for a couple of
To fully benefit from its qualities we recommend it be decanted before serving. Serve with soft
cheeses, mild blue cheese, dark chocolate desserts or a pepper steak!
The grapes for Niepoort 2005 LBV came from selected parcels of vineyards in the Cima Corgo region of
the Douro valley. The grapes were trodden in lagares and later the port was matured in large wooden
vats at our lodges in Gaia.
At Niepoort the tradition is to bottle the LBVs four years after the harvest: Dirk tries to bottle it as soon
as we can in order to retain the fruit and freshness of the LBV.