Niepoort Vintage Port 1980
Vintage Port maintains Niepoort's tradition of making balanced Ports with great concentration, being at the same time fine and delicate. We strongly believe we can make a Vintage Port with potencial to last for decades. Vintage Port must be bottled within two or three years of the harvest date. The magic of Vintage Port is different in every phase: as a young wine it captures the youthful fruit characters. Then, after 20 years or more, the effects of the slow bottle age integration are revealed and finally, after many decades, the spirit dominates the wine. Vintage Port is amazing in all the three phases. Half sweet taste, combining with its strong structure. Firm and long tannins, but balanced as a whole. Please, note that Vintage Port needs to be decanted.
Following a very long cold winter and a relatively cool spring and early summer, it was only in September that the weather really picked up and fruit achieved full ripeness so, in general, the harvest started late with some full bodied wines being made in granite "lagares" with foot treading. Following 2 years ageing in large old oak vats in our cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia, the wine was bottled.
Solid red appearance with good depth of colour. On the aroma, initially austere and closed, but with time, some notes of spice and pepper come through. Sweet fruit on the palate and revealing great freshness and a lengthy firm structure.
Store and serve advices
Recommended serving at a temperature of 16 to 18ºC.
Perfect with “Queijo da Serra”, a Stilton or other blue cheeses. Egg based desserts with “pão de ló” (Portuguese sponge based cake).
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