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1900 Niepoort Colheita Port – (bottled 1972) – amazingly the nose on this is the most complex of the night, on the palate killer (in a good way) acids, rosemary and mint, toffee, espresso, bitter almond, orange rind, an intense lingering sweetness, continually unfolds…like unfolding origami! A brilliant expression of a Colheita, so incredibly strong for a 112 year old wine…as strong as many wines 40 years younger, another nearly perfect wine. 99 points


The Story

Colheitas are dated Tawnies aged in small casks. The minimum age requirement is 7 years, but the tradition at Niepoort is to age several more years before bottling. The wine takes on a Tawny hue. Wood and nutty tones are evident on the palate due to the wine’s slow ageing in old casks. Colheita goes well with dry fruits desserts and the portuguese "Leite Creme queimado". As a starter, the combination with foie gras is impressive.


Wine Information

Vinification 1900
In this memorable year of the beginning of the 20th century, it snowed in the Douro region in February and March and the vines were one month delayed, in its cycle, when spring arrived. The weather warmed up in mid-April, but the temperatures only increased in late July, beginning of August, when temperatures reached 42 °C. In the 2nd half of August the weather cooled down and the rain fell for 10 days. During harvest it also rained on the 2nd half of September.

The irregular weather of this year, with some high quality wines, was the key to, a very careful selection of the wines and an aging process in barrels of 550 to 600 L that took place over a long period in order to increase the concentration and overall qualities of this Colheita.
Tasting Notes

Despite of its age, this Colheita shows some depth in colour, with amber and green hints. The aroma
takes us into an endless journey, with deep smoke aromas accompanied by dried fruit and roasted coffee
notes. On the palate, shows notes of plum and dried fig with traces of vanilla, very delicate and elegant.
The aftertaste is endless and exceptional. An unforgettable experience.

Technical Information

Producer Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.
Region Douro
Soil Type Schist
Vineyards Vale do Pinhão and Ferrão
Average Vine Age Over 60 years
Grape Varieties
Touriga Nacional,Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others.
Vines per HA 4000-6000
Harvest Period September
Harvest Method Hand picked
Fermentation Lagares/Foot Treading
Bottled 1972
Ageing Small old oak casks (550, 600 l)
Residual Sugar 142.69
Alcohol 22.11
Baumé 6.1
Total Acidity6.52
Food Suggestions
Sweet suggestions: Dry fruits, dry nuts, almonds, raisins, peaches, apricots, etc. Desserts based on eggs, pies with dry fruits, coffee, vanilla. Slightly chilled it can also be used as aperitif.


Vintage 1900

Port Vintage Report: A great Vintage, in terms of quality and quantity. Delicate and harmonious wines though with less colour and body than the more famous Vintages. Almost all companies declared production. Late harvest, in late September and early October, with good weather after a few days of rain.

Declared by almost all producers, Ernest Cockburn said the wines showed “great delicacy with appreciable breed, and though lighter in colour and body than many previous vintages they appealed to the connoisseurs of Port Wine”. Tasted at over 100 years old, these Ports still have life and are delicate and fine.


Average Bottle Price

2023 2020 2015 2014 2010 2005 2000 1995
1 890€ +20.5% 1 569€ +15.4% 1 360€ +130.5% 590€ +51.7% 389€ +6.0% 367€ +18.8% 309€ +63.5% 189€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

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Written Notes

Big year both in quality and crop. Delicate wines with balance although less colour and structure than in most classic vintages. It snowed in the region in February and March. The warm weather only got to the region at the end of July. The harvest started in the third week of September. Excellent bottle. Gift from Dirk Niepoort. Decanted two hours. Bright, moderately deep brick red colour with brown tints. Pronounced clean nose with deliciously rich – cacao, chocolate, roasted nut, almonds, and dried fruits. Sweet medium-bodied palate with delightfully refreshing acidity, maderized but still intense flavours of dried fruits. The alcohol is integrated extremely well in the palate. Long sticky finish. Like a sweet that you just do not want to finish, ever. This Colheita 1900 offers a great deal of structure. Layers of complexity rush over the palate with delightfully smooth texture and yet it is still such a vibrant wine considering its age.
  • 94p

Intense mahogany colour. Opulent nose with slightly ethereal character, candied sugar, prunes, hints of candied chestnuts, floral hints in the background. On the palate fine acidity, elegant tannins, refined sweetness, dried fruits and candied orange peel. A great wine with incredible length.  

  • 100p

Bottled in England, 1972. Walnut brown. Delicate, seriously senior but not too old on the nose – notable volatility. A little medicinal, touch of polish. Aged bitter marmalade and walnuts and so rich in the middle and long and fresh. Amazingly full of life and energy. More masculine and savoury and not as fine as the 1912. (JH)

  • 90p
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Porto, Douro



Age of vines

60 years

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Value For Money

Very good

When bottled


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Below Average

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