Niepoort LBV 2018: ‘Vintage Port in style, but not in price’ – Wine Enthusiast

Niepoort LBV 2018

‘Vintage Port in style, but not in price’ – Wine Enthusiast

‘Port is for life, not just for Christmas,’ writes Neal Martin. Continuing the Douro’s sublime streak of Port vintages since 2015, 2018 is an ‘embarrassment of riches’, proclaims Decanter. ‘In 2018, overall conditions were excellent but in the Douro Superior they were exceptional’.

From this extraordinary vintage, we’re delighted to offer Niepoort’s 2018 Late Bottled Vintage Port. This is all about depth, structure and fruit intensity. Fresh, pure, and precise, it shows subtle power and fine-grained, delicate tannins.

‘Late Bottled’ Port is aged for 4-6 years before bottling, whereas ‘Vintage’ Port is bottled after only 2 years. Stylistically, LBV is a cross between Vintage and Ruby Port since Ruby Port should be drunk quite young and a great Vintage Port may need 20-30 years to open up. The beauty of LBV is that you can drink it now or hold it for a few decades. At only R190 for 375ml, we suggest buying it by the caseload.

Niepoort LBV 2018: ‘Vintage Port in style, but not in price’ – Wine Enthusiast

The Douro Valley in Portugal, the birthplace of Port, is one of the world’s most historic wine regions – demarcated in 1756. Niepoort Vinhos was established in 1842 and have been producing phenomenal Port for over a century. This LBV is a field blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others. A supremely versatile wine, pair it with peppery and earthy food, dark chocolate and various cheeses – from cheddar to brie.

A couple of years ago, we said that Port was making a comeback and its popularity continues to grow. The number of fortified wines trading on Liv-ex has risen 720% in the past decade. If you’re interested in Niepoort’s Vintage, Colheita, Ruby and Tawny Ports, check them out here.

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