Niepoort White Port 750ml
If, like us, you’re delving into the exciting world of Aperitif, then white Port should be on your radar. Made from white grapes no less (Malvasia, Viosinho and Gouveio in this case), juice is fermented and then stopped with the addition of grape brandy, followed by 4 years of barrel ageing. It’s deep gold, with aromas of nuts, a hint of fruit fresh and gentle sweetness to taste. Serve chilled or with tonic over ice.
Based along Portugal’s famed Douro River, Niepoort have been making Port since the 1840’s, purchasing their own vineyards (Quinta) in the 1980’s. Now in it’s 5th generation, brother and sister Dirk and Verena have injected youthful energy into their family estate. As well as still producing port, they also focus on making elegant, lower alcohol wines that express terroir, aided by organic and biodynamic practices. Traditional techniques are still honoured, like the use of Lagares, the circular granite troughs where fruit is foot crushed and fermented. With such a wide range of styles produced, there’s amazing drinking to be explored here.