Vintage Port 2016
"...these are the best vintage ports I have ever made." Charles Symington
2016 is undeniably a great Port vintage. The wines possess impressive structure and incredible purity. They are elegant, poised and under-pinned by superbly integrated tannins.
Low yields have led to a very small production meaning these stunning ports will be more tightly allocated than in previous vintages. We would recommend getting your order in early.
The 2016 Vintage is one of the smallest declared by the leading Port houses. Our offer includes the famous brands as well as afew lesser known, exciting single quintas.
As with many of the great vintages, 2016 was characterised by long wet winter into late spring which fed the vines over the summer. Infact, there were 3 inches more than all other vintages over the last 30 years. The growing season was slow and long which helped the grapes reach optimum ripeness. The harvest began slightly later than the norm, especially in the Pinhão Valley where most started picking their Touriga Nacional in the last week of September. The higher rainfalls reduced flowering and berry set affecting yields by as much as 25%. However, the long ripening period and late summer sunshine ensured a high quality crop.
Early tastings show that this is a serious vintage for structure and elegance. The big names have pure aromatics, vibrant fruit, moderate acidity and ripe textured tannins. What we like about them is their freshness, balance and cool fruit, without the alcoholic heat of hotter years. Some critics are comparing this with the 1945, 1963 and 1970. In our opinion superior ports have been made in 2016. Winemaking has advanced dramatically over the years and each producer has to know their sites intimately, with a lot more care and precision with respect to harvest dates, selections and elevage. The Touriga Franco and Roriz contribute to the aromatics and structure, bolstered by the Touriga Nacional for extra depth for longevity. Although many of these are delicious in their youthful state they will age gracefully over several decades.
Please refer to our comprehensive offer priced by the case (6x75cl) In-Bond. Half Bottles, Magnums and Large Formats are also available for a small surcharge.