Producer Profile 8: Niepoort — Red Fortified Wines
Ruby Port is aged in bulk for 2 or 3 years and bottled young to retain the deep ruby colour and the strong, pleasant heat from alcohol
Premium Ruby Port is deeper in colour and may be bottled as Reserva.
Tawny Port is a wood aged Port, blended from a variety of years and made from usually lighter-coloured parcels of fruit. True tawny gets its colour from extended wood ageing so that the colour becomes an amber-brown or tawny hue.
Aged Tawny Port must be aged in wood for 6 or more years giving it a silkier texture and greater depth.
Colheita Port is best described as a ‘Vintage Tawny’ and has the same characteristics of a tawny as well as of the vintage it was made from. The minimum age is 7 years, although many are much older.
Garrafeira Port is a vintage dated port that has been stored in 5 or 10 L glass demi-johns. Aged for a minimum of 7 years, it has impressive depth of fruit plus the silkiness of a tawny.
Single-quinta Port is a vintage port often produced in good but not great years and aged for 2 or 3 years. Often they are not released until they are ready to drink.
Late Bottled Vintage or LBV is a vintage port that has been bottled 4-6 years after harvest. Wines in this category that are unfined and unfiltered and have been bottle-aged for 2-3 years share a lot of the power of a vintage port, although it is often made in ‘undeclared’ years.
Vintage Port is perhaps the most famous style. It is made in declared vintages where the quality is truly outstanding. This usually happens around 3 times in a decade. Aged for 2-3 years in pipes, 550 L barrels, it is the Port with the greatest power and longevity.