Quinta Do Vesuvio Capela da Quinta do Vesuvio 2017 Vintage Port

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Capela da Quinta do Vesuvio 2017 in 75cl bottle.

2017 Vintage

The 2017 Port Vintage is of exceptional quality. So much so that The Symington Family have declared the first back to back vintage declaration in the family’s 137 year history. The vintage was characterised by intense heat with record low levels of rainfall. Flowering and bud burst developed under good conditions and the high daytime temperatures and cool nights in August and September allowed for a gradual and even ripening. Harvest was exceptionally early, with some producers harvesting at the beginning of August. The harvest was around 20 to 30% down on a normal harvest, basically due to water stress. So, 2017 produced a smaller quantity of excellent fruit. Conditions were similar to 1945, an extremely highly regarded vintage.  Expect powerful, intense and complex wines with great aromas and freshness. As Dirk Niepoort declared, “the 2017 Vintage Port is epic and a triumph, the best I’ve witnessed in all my years at Niepoort”, whilst Adrian Bridge, managing director of The Fladgate Partnership, stated “All our houses and their properties have produced exceptional wines, with impressive density, depth and aromatic potential”.

Capela da Quinta do Vesuvio 2017 Vintage Port

This the fourth time that Capela da Quinta do Vesuvio has been made. The Vinha da Capela vineyard was one of the first to be replanted post-phylloxera at Quinta do Vesuvio in the late 19th century. The vineyard was cut in half when the Douro railway was extended upriver. Just 4 terraces remain of the original vineyard, which has been successively interplanted as vines reach the end of their useful life. Original vine cuttings are used for re-grafting in order to preserve the vineyard’s unique characteristics.

Provenance and grape varieties
· Vinha da Capela: field blend
(very old, near 100-year-old vines)
· Vinha da Escola: Alicante Bouschet, Sousão, Touriga Nacional
· Vale da Teja: Touriga Franca.

Wine Specification
· Alcohol by volume – 20% v/v (20°C)
· Total acidity – 4.06 (g/l)
· Baumé – 3.30
· Bottled during May 2019 with no filtration
· Winemakers: Charles Symington, Bernardo Nápoles

Only 472 nine litre cases were bottled.

Tasting Notes

Tasting note from the Symington Family Estates Tasting Room 2019 – “Mesmerising aromas; lavender, eucalyptus, green tea and liquorice. On the palate, the concentration and intensity are striking with layers of complexity. There is a wonderful interplay of invigorating black and red fruits underpinned by schist tannins that give balance to the impressive structure. The Sousão comes through in a spicy seasoning that underscores the wine’s remarkable freshness. The seductive finish is endless and inspirational.”


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