This firmly tannic wine shows rich fruit and warm black berry flavors spiced with fig juice and sultanas. It is a solid, chunky effort, needing a few months’ bottle age to achieve its full, impressive character.
This is like a junior vintage. Because Niepoort bottles its LBVs unfiltered, they have ripeness and balance, while the fruit has great concentration of flavor. This is very rich with many black fruit and dark plum flavors, but at the same time it has a core of structure and tannin, which suggests that it could age. Bottled in 2006.
From a top vintage year, this LBV has a fine richness and dry core to its blackberry-jelly and spice flavors. Despite being softened by wood aging, it could withstand a few more years in bottle.