Niepoort Late Bottled Vintage Port, 2012

BOTTLED 2016

Warm jammy brambles with some chocolate and chilli pepper aromas (strangely) and some fresh cherry on the nose. The palate has a nice spice up front, a lot of tannin – soft, but very firm – and then the alcohol I remember from Niepoort’s LBV comes out. A lot of savoury flavours on the end, with a warm spice coming out. Nice. 88pts (February 2017)

Barros Late Bottled Vintage Port, 2011

Fresh berries on the nose, blueberries, cranberries and some underripe blackberries. There is a lovely seductive silky aroma too, leading onto more blueberry. The palate has an upfront sweetness, such a soft approachable palate and then the spirit creeps in, and it actually has a brandy like flavour. More of those lovely berries and then some aromatic spice before a gentle, bitter chocolate and tobacco flavour on the palate. Lovely lovely stuff. 90pts (Feb 2017)

Cockburn’s Late Bottled Vintage Port, 2004

Cockburn’s always goes for a slightly drier style of port to the other big houses, and the LBV was exactly that.  A very soft nose, and with a dusty, cocoa and leather aroma arriving before the sweet fruit.  The palate was very savoury, with dusty spice, cinnamon bark and dark chocolate dominating the strawberry and bramble.  It is almost as though someone had got a fruit compote, and dusted it with lots of spiced cocoa powder.  As a wine on it’s own, it would be a little trickier to drink because of the savoury elements needing food, but because of that, it actually endeared itself to me more! 86pts (Nov 2009)

Niepoort Late Bottled Vintage Port, 1996

Half Bottle

A bit passed its best, although that could have been down to storage.  It still showed some lovely fruit aromas and flavours, but it was a bit acidic, and there was a very strong alcohol element coming through.  Secondary flavours of spice were to the fore and it was a bit unbalanced.  Still a port you can drink, but not one that was great.  79pts (May 2011)