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This wine ages 4-6 years in large old oak vats (opposed to Vintage, that ages 2-3 years). LBV fills the gap between the rubies and the vintage ports since a Ruby Port should be drunk quite young and a great Vintage Port may need 15 to 20 years to really open up and show its splendour. This led in the 1960s to the creation of a Port ageing 4 to 6 years in large vats before bottling it, thereby producing a wine with the style of a Vintage Port with its deep colour and concentration of fruit but with a more mature character caused by the extended ageing in wood.
Harvest year 2012 was a dry year in the Douro region and the maturation period was not as hot as usual. As a result, the growing cycle of the vine began, on average, 15 days later than in previous years. All grapes for the LBV 2012 came from old vineyards in the Cima Corgo region. Grapes were harvested by hand in September and after careful selection on the sorting table, the crushed grapes and stems were put into granite "lagares" and foot trodden prior to fortification. Following some cool winter months in the Douro, the wines were transported in early 2013 to the cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia and aged in large wooden vats and bottled in the fourth year - a tradition at Niepoort to retain freshness in the wines.
Brilliant red appearance with some brick red hues on the rim with a refined aroma of cherries along with a fine perfumed floral character and superb finesse. Essentially the wine is elegant in style, but the palate is somewhat of an enigma -initially the fruit and elegance on the aroma comes through on the palate but with low extract but superbly balanced and fresh, but the finish is somewhat robust, firm and with a dry tannic finish, it will be interesting to see this wine age, no doubt, in an elegant manner.