Niepoort Late Bottled Vintage Port 2012
With its brilliant red appearance and brick red hues on the rim, the wine offers refined aromas of cherries along with a subtle perfumed floral character as well as superb finesse. Essentially the wine is elegant in style, however, the palate presents somewhat of an enigma - initially the fruit and elegance on the nose comes through on the palate, but with gentle extract. It is superbly balanced and fresh, culminating in a somewhat robust and firm finish with a tannic grip. It will be interesting to see this wine develop as it ages, undoubtedly, in a very elegant manner. Late Bottled Vintage Ports are the perfect accompaniment to chocolate desserts, especially if dark and bitter chocolate is used. They also pair beautifully with Portuguese Queijo da Serra cheese, Stilton and mature Parmesan where the saltiness of the aged Parmesan balances out the sweet fruit of the LBV. However the combination that beats them all has to be Rolf Niepoort's suggestion - LBV and pepper steak!