Niepoort LBV 2017: 'Vintage Port in style but not in price' – Wine Enthusiast

Niepoort LBV 2017

'Vintage Port in style but not in price' – Wine Enthusiast

'Port is for life, not just for Christmas,' writes Neal Martin. Last year, Niepoort's 2017 Vintage Port won the title of 'Best Port in the World' and was awarded 100 points by Wine Advocate. From the same extraordinary vintage, we're delighted to offer Niepoort's 2017 Late Bottled Vintage Port. This is all about structure and fruity intensity. Fresh, pure, and precise, it shows subtle power and fine-grained, delicate tannins.

'Late Bottled' Port is aged for 4-6 years before being bottled, 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 15-20 years to open up. The beauty of LBV is that you can drink it now or hold it for a few decades. At only R320 for a 750ml, we suggest buying it by the case load.

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

Niepoort LBV 2017 (375ml and 750ml) – Order now

A year ago, we said that Port is 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 Ports, please let Jolette know.


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