This is perhaps the most iconic of our Ports. Dirk Niepoort calls it the "younger brother" of the Vintage Port, once the origin of the grapes and vinification methods are identical. Both are made from a selection of full-bodied wines of high quality, produced in a single year. The time this wine spends in large wooden vats ageing (4 years) allows it to mature and settle down, being ready to drink young and right after bottling.
The grapes used on the production of LBV 2008 are from selected parcels of vineyards with low yield in the Cima Corgo region of the Douro valley. Grapes were trodden in stone lagares and the wine was then transferred to Vila Nova de Gaia cellars where it matured in large wooden vats. At Niepoort the tradition is to bottle the LBV’s four years after the harvest to retain all the freshness and fruit, characteristic of these wines.
Deep ruby colour, with a complex and concentrated aroma of red and black fruits. Notes of pepper and dark chocolate. On the palate it shows great concentration and volume with a firm structure but a superb soft silky texture. The great acidity provides freshness and balance to the wine. Long and pleasant finish. The wine can be enjoyed now, and will become more complex with further cellaring for a couple of decades. To fully benefit from its qualities we recommend it be decanted before serving. Serve with soft cheeses, mild blue cheese, dark chocolate desserts or even a pepper steak!
Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.
Vinha da Pisca, Vale do Pinhão and Ferrão
AVERAGE VINE AGE
Over 70 years
Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão and Tinta Roriz and others
VINES PER HA
4000 to 6000
Stone lagares / Foot Treading
Large old wooden vats
Aprox. 80.000 bottles