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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.
The 1990’s were an exceptional decade for vintage Ports, with 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1997 all producing outstanding wines.
Following a very rainy Winter, the 1994 agricultural year was practically perfect; producing a small crop of ripe concentrated grapes. The juice to skin ratio was balanced giving well structured wines with very good colour and aroma in the fermenting musts.
Red in appearance with good depth of colour,retaining the freshness of a great 1994, with the aroma and palate well integrated with a light rancio character from ageing in small wooden casks. Very balanced with notes of dried fruits along with a spirity finish.