Niepoort, Colheita. 2005 [I2]
Colheita Ports are Tawny Ports from a single harvest aged in wood for at least seven years before being bottled. Colheita Port is wonderful on its own at the end of a meal or on a cold winter afternoon in front of an open fire. The grapes were trodden in "lagares" at Vale de Mendiz and later the Port was matured in small old oak casks at the lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia. In the end of the 2005 harvest, the following comment was made, “Some very fine, elegant Port wines have been made with a lot of personality, especially those sourced from cooler north facing vineyards on higher ground exhibiting great freshness”. Niepoort Colheitas are bottled with at least 10 years of ageing in small old oak casks; but since the Colheita 2005 was showing so well in early 2013, it was decided to start bottling it earlier so as to capture the wonderful freshness and personality in the wine. Superb brick red/brown appearance with medium depth of colour. Very clean fresh aroma with a subdued spicy character and a hint of dried fruits. Refreshing seductive flavours on the palate with dried fruits and a lingering nutty velvety finish on the palate. Great food pairings are Dried nuts, dried fruits such as raisins, peaches, apricots, etc. Desserts based on eggs, pies with dried fruits, coffee, vanilla. Slightly chilled it can also be served as an aperitif.