2011 Vintage continues Niepoort’s tradition to create balanced Ports with great concentration but fine and delicate.
In the end, low yields combined with very good acidity and great colour turned up in a perfect year for Vintage Port. It is worth noting that when the fermenting musts are fortified, there is a temporary loss of colour which picks up straight away as the brandy blends with the musts, however in 2011 it was interesting to observe that young Ports were immediately, extremely dark at the point of fortification and have remained so ever since.
All the components for 2011 Vintage Port were trodden by foot in circular granite “lagares” at Vale de Mendiz, the Port winery. 100% stems were included in the vinification. The wines were racked soon after harvest, aged in “tonéis” in the Douro over the winter, and then moved to Vila Nova de Gaia, in March 2010. From there, they were re-tasted extensively in order to find the ideal components for the 2011 Vintage Port. The final blend then rested again in “tonéis” at our lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia, prior to bottling.
The colour of the 2011 Vintage has further benefited from a cold second winter, showing a dark purple colour right up to the rim of the glass. The aroma is fine with great vinosity, notes of black pepper and dark fruits. The palate is fresh and elegant but underpinned with a lengthy tannic structure giving it great length.