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. Made from Ports of the 2007 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 2007 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 LBV’s 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 dark red appearance,with refined aromas of dark plums and blackberries. On the palate the fruit is evident along with a superb soft silky texture all held together with a firm structure and good length on the 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 even a pepper steak!