2015 Niepoort LBV

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winesecretary
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2015 Niepoort LBV

Post by winesecretary » 22:30 Mon 06 Jul 2020

Bottled 2019.

+30 mins

95% opaque red juice. Red berry compote on nose, hint of warmth, passion fruit after a while. Panda liquorice on the front palate, then some loganberry, then cranberry muffin later. Lingering fruity finish. Fresh. Discernible but pleasant tannins. Some wood, very late.

+24 hours

Same appearance or possibly even slightly darker. Subdued summer pudding scent on nose (that bread-soaked-in-poached-red-fruit is quite distinctive). Poached plum on the front palate, spice- dentyne original chewing gum - on the mid-palate. Pears poached in red wine with star anise after that. Then blackcurrant and chocolate right at the end. Less abrupt on the finish than the 2014.

+96 hours

Served as a comparative sample, too quickly after extraction from the 'fridge (where it had been left loosely recorked in its original bottle). Nose and fruit both accordingly subdued. A bit of heat early and then poached red plums on the palate. Panda liquorice on the fairly long finish, nice balance with the tannins. Probably open a bit too long, but still refreshing and, my co-taster commented, really attractive despite the poor handling.

This is interesting port. Much more so, for me, than the 2014 LBV. Good value.

Tasted 05/07/20, 06/07/20, and 09/07/20 (with a co-taster).

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