Colheita Ports are Tawny Ports from a single vintage, aged in wood for at least seven years before being bottled. The Colheita Port is wonderful on its own at the end of a meal or on a cold winter afternoon in front of an open fireplace.
The agricultural year preceding the 1999 harvest was marked by very low winter rainfall and a very dry, hot summer. By early September the grapes were clearly suffering from the lack of rain during the year, luckily the best vineyards were already harvested when torrential rain fell in the Douro in the latter part of September.
As with all Colheita´s the wine really made itself with a long period of ageing in small old oak casks (550 L) under the watchful eye of the Niepoort master blender José Nogueira in the cellars at Vila Nova de Gaia.
Brick red appearance with tinges of brick red and brown on the rim; aroma of mellow old wood with a touch of dried apricots and subdued toffee. The Colheita 1999 shows its age on the front palate but follows through with great freshness and acidity, with a well defined/persistent structure, which leads through to a lengthy spirity finish.