“The characteristic of good port is the balance between brandy, tannins, red and black fruits, and sugar. »Dirk Van Der Niepoort
This family house was created in 1842 by the Dutchman F. M. Van Der Niepoort. Today it is managed by Rolf and Dirk Van Der Niepoort, representing the 4th and 5th generations respectively. Niepoort is to port what Taittinger Comtes de Champagne is to Champagne: a limited annual production (500,000 bottles) of Port wines whose exceptional quality is appreciated by all connoisseurs and amateurs. For 140 years, Niepoort, not owning vines, bought grapes from winegrowers in the Cima Corgo region classified in category A. From 1987, Niepoort became the owner of "quintas" (wine farms) - still in the Haut Douro - in Napoles, Carril then Passadouro in 1991.
The Niepoort house puts all its know-how at the service of its wines, crafted in a traditional way: the grapes come from old vines with a low yield per hectare, the harvest is done manually and only when the grapes are as ripe as possible. The crushing in lagares (granite vats) is carried out on human feet for the vintages. At the end of fermentation, the must is transferred to brandy according to the desired sweetness. After the winter, the new Port is transported to the dark and damp cellars of Vila Nova de Gaïa. It is in these mysterious cellars that Dirk Van Der Niepoort and his cellar master proceed to the assembly and then operate the magic of aging in oak barrels or in century-old glass bottles called demijohns.
Porto Niepoort - Tawny 20 years old
The 20-year-old Tawny has a tawny orange color and a powerful but delicate nose that reveals scents of roasting and dried fruits. Very fresh, it gradually develops an extraordinary complexity on a register of precious woods with a perfectly mastered rancio. The material on the palate is both airy and persistent. Simply great art.