This is perhaps the most significant Premium Port of our range.Winemaker Dirk van der Niepoort calls this the Little Brother of our Vintage Port, as the origins of the grapes and vinification methods are identical.
Taken from Ports made in the 2005 harvest, this Late Bottled Vintage however has extended cask maturation making it drinkable at a younger age, yet retaining the essence of its superior sibling.
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.
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 decades.
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!