Niepoort is a family company now in its fifth generation and presently managed by Dirk Niepoort. Despite being the second smallest shippers in the trade they are second to none in quality. Already famous for their classic tawny ports, they have now joined the ranks of the great producers of Vintage Port. Niepoort Vinhos is an innovative company and for many years have been diversifying and breaking taboos whilst maintaining tradition. The redesign of Niepoort The Senior Tawny, as well as being fun, emphasises its seniority with a moustache and the most traditional of Port Wine bottle shapes, the Potta. The Junior, in contrast, is a younger, fruitier more contemporary wine and has a pair of cool shades on the label of a standard Niepoort bottle.
Niepoort The Senior Tawny is a field blend of Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão and others grape varieties sourced from vineyards in Vale do Pinhão and Ferrão with an average vine age of 30 years. After the grapes are hand-picked, they are then foot trodden in traditional stone lagares. After the wine has been produced it is then shipped to the Niepoort lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia where it ages in small oak barrels. The small barrels enable a soft and light contact with air through the pores of the wood, which results in a slow oxidation process over the years. The average age of the blend is 7 years.
Niepoort The Senior Tawny Tasting Notes
An elegant port with a subtle expression, a great everyday Tawny Port. It has a brick red tawny colour and the flavours and aromas are predominantly red fruit based with nutty characteristics. It has a velvety mouth feel with a fine blend of old wines giving richness balanced with younger wines giving freshness and complexity.
Niepoort The Senior Serving Suggestions
Niepoort Senior can be served at room temperature or slightly chilled, and is quite delicious on its own or with many dishes. Try it with creamy cheeses (like brie) or nutty cheeses (like strong cheddar), or desserts like treacle sponge, sticky toffee pudding or just with nuts and dried fruit.
Niepoort The Senior Tawny Review
“Lots of polished wood, cherry and dried cranberries. A little honey comes off with some rosemary. The palate is soft, lovely with dried fruit, a little more polished wood, some dried fruit – prunes and raisins – and then a cinnamon and tobacco finish that is quite sweet. It really is a delicious port and at £18.00 it is great value.” 90pts www.thetastingnote.com, December 2011.