Monday, 3 June 2013

Niepoort's Alice in Wonderland inspired Port

You'll know from my previous account of our Masterclass with Dirk Niepoort that I'm a bit of a fan of him and his wonderful range of wines. The Niepoort family has been making world class port for generations, but that doesn't mean they can't have a bit of fun with their branding every now and again.

A couple of years ago, they created Niepoortland: a small range of ports inspired by Lewis Carrol's famous dark, surreal fairytale story Alice in Wonderland.

The two 'twin' ports are called Ruby Dum and Tawny Dee: two ports made from the same lot, but aged differently so that one is dark, fruity and ruby-coloured and the other is more nutty and tawny.

This novel idea is adorable, especially for Port fans: now we can buy a pair, and watch as they both evolve differently. With the expertise of one of the most legendary Port houses in the world behind them, you know it's going to be a rewarding experience, and - unlike some of their pricier vintage ports - you won't have to wait patiently for what feels like generations for them to reach their best so you can try them.

You can pick up a bottle of each of Ruby Dum and Tawny Dee for £15.95 from Lea and Sandeman, or you can even just buy a half for £8.50.

This year they've also added the famously late white rabbit to the range - the Rabbit Dry White is lighter and nuttier,  although unfortunately not yet available in the UK of course. We reckon it will be worth waiting for.

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