Founded in 1842, the small Port house of Niepoort is now run by 5th generation Dirk Niepoort. It's easy to forget that it was only a few years ago that Niepoort was only sought out by a small band of faithful followers, as stock of remarkable, artisanal wines built up in the cramped old Niepoort lodge in Rua Serpa Pinto in Vila Nova de Gaia. These days, with a formidable international reputation which spans all styles from aged tawny to vintage, and all points in between, demand threatens to outstrip supply. Ports are all made at the old Museu de Lagares in Vale de Mendiz, which has the only circular granite lagares in the Douro.
Part of the 'Niepoortland' collection, taking inspiration from the Alice in Wonderland story, this white port is delicious. With far less residual sugar than for normal ports (about a third, at under 50 g/L), the White Rabbit can be enjoyed chilled, as an aperitif, or perhaps as a tall drink mixed with tonic or soda. It'll also freshen-up mature nutty cheeses.