We (DJ+RB) have decided to taste as many white ports as we can find locally in the next little while. Obviously white port often has a fairly poor reputation amongst drinkers of VP and it's not surprising; it's not a drink most producers take at all seriously. We tasted some really excellent aged whites at the BFT (first three entries listed below) and found them very different to what are often very insipid drinks. We thought it was time to see whether the non-aged market has improved at all.
Niepoort 10-year-old White
2003 Kopke White Colheita
Kopke 20-year-old White
Quinta de la Rosa Extra Dry White
Cockburn Light Dry White
Niepoort Dry White
1971 Dalva White Colheita
From James Nicholson, Northern Ireland. About £13 / 75cl.
This is pale yellow, very light in colour. It could be a white wine. Lots of apple in the nose and not too much else - woodiness and some volatility. In the mouth, very boney, but quite thin. Melons; almond bitterness. A little minty on the finish, but maybe this is the same slight volatility. This really could be a particularly dry white wine.
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