HALF BOTTLE Dry White Port Rabbit Niepoort NV 375ml, Off dry, rich, delicious aperitif. Malvasia Fina and other mixed Douro varieties go into this excellent off dry white port, the Rabbit! 100% foot trodden and aged in casks to produce a lovely fruity wine with delicious balance of alcohol, sugar and freshness. The soft pressing and resultant skin contact makes for a deep golden colour and the oxidative ageing adds to this and also adds extra layers of flavour and depth.
This is a traditional style dry white Port, about 80mg/l of sugar so still with notable sweetness although much drier than red Ports. It is super versatile wine, goes well cool as an apero, room temp as a dessert wine and great with some spicy curries too.
Douro wines, combining centuries-old tradition with innovation. This continues today with new vineyard projects to produce dry, natural wines in the Douro - Bairrada - Dão triangle. The importance attached to understanding soils, climates and grape varieties has led the current head of the business Dirk Niepoort down the path of Biodynamics, a practise that respects the "moods" of Nature, to find a balance between biodiversity and minimum intervention, and the wines really speak for themselves. Many of their vineyards now have organic certification, which is very much against the grain in contemporary Port making. After 150 years of doing things just a little differently, Niepoort are now highly respected for their delicious Ports and an increasing array of natural table wines.