1999 Niepoort Colheita Port
Wine & Spirits
Colheita Port is a specialty at Niepoort, where a wine like this 1999 achieves remarkable purity of fruit. It has the flavor impression of fresh kumquats and cream, the tartness of the fruit bucking up the structure and keeping the wine bright. There’s generosity to the spirit rather than heat, the fine rancio notes of an aged brandy adding to the overall delicacy and finesse of the finish.
Crisp and juicy flavors of dried red berry, sandalwood, cherry tart and spice make for a lively mix. Long and supple midpalate, with a rum butter finish. Drink now through 2025. (KM)
Colheitas are barrel-aged, vintage tawny ports. Generally (though not always) produced in a vintage that is not widely declared by other port houses, they are amongst the prettiest of ports: lighter in color and texture than many vintage ports, but with more of a fruit-dominated profile than tawnies. They are a wonderful end to a meal, or alternatively a damn fine drink to sip while relaxing on a winter's afternoon or evening. Niepoort is known for their Colheita ports, and this '99 shows a lovely balance of soft, ripe red fruit and spice notes. Try this accompanied by Stilton and walnuts for one of the more classic food and wine pairings around. Delicious! (Joe Manekin, K&L Port Buyer)