This bottle is part of a series of older Niepoort vintages we're tasting (1963, 1966, 1970, 1975, 1977). Only the 1963 has been tasted so far. We planned to open the 1966 this evening, but since StevieCage had to cancel last minute, and he already tasted the 1970, we decided on this one.
Decanted about 2 hours before drinking. Very clear colour, still quite dark with some orange and rusty tones in it.
Delicate nose with dried fruit, leather, tobacco and smoky notes. Somewhat alcoholic but certainly not off-putting. Later on the nose gains freshness with aniseed and light berry fruit.
On the palate it is much bigger than expected from the nose. Very silky and creamy with prunes, roses, coffee and a spicy touch of red chili peppers. With time in the glass it gains fresh (dark) fruit. Creamy finish, with rose hip, coffee, toffee and a hint of licorice.
This is great for drinking now, and the decanter was finished pretty soon between the three of us. It shows lots of aged characteristics, but the port seemed to get more youthful with more time in the decanter, also it gained in darker fruit. It had a great structure, but in comparison, the 1963 seemed to be a bit better balanced.
A great port, just misses a tiny something to be classic. I don't mind, I thoroughly enjoyed it. 94 points.
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