Tasting Notes

The “Garrafeira” is a specialty of Niepoort house. These Ports from a single harvest age for decades, not in wood but in special glass containers "demijons" (7 to 11 litre glass balloons in the form of old apothecaries’ bottles). The demijhon bottles are from the 18th century, and ageing in these special bottles adds a unique character to the Garrafeira Portwine.

The Niepoorts’ garrafeira cellar is secluded from the bustle of the town, filled with tranquility and tradition, and inspires respect for the longevity of the wines.

Region Porto
Appellation Douro
Style Red
Producer Niepoort
Grapes
Touriga Nacional
Pairing Aperitif.
Keeping Several years.
Vinification
Aged in small casks.
Bottle 75cl
Volume 20.0%

 

Niepoort

    
An independent company set up by Franciscus Marius van der Niepoort in 1842, the Dutch family were late to arrive on the port market scene compared to their already well established British competition. However, it was through very good relations with the native vineyard owners that has enabled Niepoort to produce four generations of quality port wine.

Now even though they were able to sustain a niche position in the port market, the Niepoort’s were relatively unheard of in the British market until the 5th generation, Eduard Dirk Niepoort, joined his father at the helm of the family business in 1987. During this time Niepoort began to expand and purchased their first vineyards, Quinta de Nápoles and Quinta do Carril in Cima Corgo, found in the best of the three areas of the Douro for highest quality vineyards in Portugal - This was a big step forward for Niepoort in beginning to produce wines alongside their port. It was also at this time that Niepoort decided they wanted to pursue a share in the UK port market, and now, armed with 25 hectares of new and old vines along with their innovative ideas combined with traditional methods, were ready to introduce the name Niepoort to the mass British public.

Up until this time the market for port had been under the control of a close-knit network of traders around the London area, much like the British Association in Porto three hundred years earlier. For ourselves, Pierre Hourlier Wines, (who were just starting up the business!), this meant in order to find a port of quality and character we would have to personally explore nearer the source to match our passion and philosophies for fine wines.

It was in 1975 we first encountered the Niepoort family - a period of political revolution and turbulence throughout the Porto area. Gangs of revolutionaries charged the streets, Pierre recalls, as he made his way to the small port houses on his list. After his introduction to then owner Rolf van der Niepoort, both men almost immediately understood each others integrity and have shared a fruitful and prosperous relationship since, evident from the bottle of 1912 port given to Pierre by Rolf - Dirk has carried on supplying us with constant high standards.

As stated on their website, the Niepoort's mission is “to preserve the niche player position and continue to create great Port and Douro wines bringing together secular tradition and innovation.” This dream begins at their lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia, located south of Porto across the banks of the Douro, where the headquarters are found and thus the masterminds and driving force behind these artisan ports.

This is our only non French product. Non je ne regrette rien!


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