Kopke Late Bottle Vintage Port 2018 is produced from a blend of indigenous grape varities grown in old vineyards with schist-sandstone and granite soils in the Douro wine region. The grape varieties included are Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) and Sousão and they are handpicked. Late Bottled Vintage port or LBV port is vintage wine aged between 4 and 6 years in large oak vats before bottling in order to soften the tannins making it more approachable upon release than straight vintage port. The aim is also to retain the rich fruit flavours. The port is bottled unfiltered and laid down in bottle to finish its maturation.
This port manages to combine youthful fruitiness – cherries, plums, and strawberries – with dark chocolate and rich sweet spices. More detail coming soon. The port is is full-bodied and intense with a long finish. It is ready for drinking now and will continue to improve for a few more years gaining in complexity like a young vintage port.