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This Vintage continues Niepoort's tradition to create balanced Ports with great concentration but simultaneously fine and delicate. At Niepoort we predict that this vintage will be one of the finest in decades...
Vinification: In 2003, the harvest had very hot days and also very humid days. The production was high but with small grapes that produced concentrated tannins and colour. Overriped and dry grapes were taken out to reassure the finesse of the wine.
Vinha da Pisca, (very old vineyard), with notes of coffee and black berries gave the final blend the desired finesse. In September 2005, the cycle for Niepoort Vintage 2003 was completed and now the wine ages in the final bottle, (32.000 bottles of 750ml).
Tasting Notes: Fine, elegant, mineral but not balsamic. The taste continues fine, aggressive and with tannins, rich but not excessive and with a long final. Impressive finesse even though robust.
Soil Type: Schist
Vineyards: Vinha da Pisca, Vale do Pinhão and Ferrão
Average Vine Age: 60 and over 100 years
Harvest Method: Hand picked
Fermentation: Lagares (wine presses)/Foot treading
Bottled: September 2005
Ageing: 2 years in cask
Food Suggestions: Perfect with “Queijo da Serra”, a Stilton or other blue cheeses. Egg based desserts with “Pão de Ló” (Portuguese sponge based cake).