Cockburns 2017 Vintage Port presented in 75cl bottles.
Cockburn’s was established by a Scottish soldier named Robert Cockburn in 1815. The company grew in strength throughout the 19th and 20th centuries but, like many other Port firms, struggled in the challenging years after World War Two. In 1962 the business passed into corporate ownership and, most recently, in 2006 was partly acquired by Symington Family Estates (owners of Dows, Grahams, Warres et al.). 2017 is the fourth Cockburn’s Vintage Port declaration under Symington ownership. Since acquiring the historic name in 2010, the family has worked hard to recover the reputation that made Cockburn’s the leading Vintage Port in the 19th century and during the first half of the 20th. Cockburns Vintage Port comprises grapes sourced only from their best vineyards, from their home vineyard at Quinta dos Canais, Quinta do Vale Coelho (a little further to the east) and Quinta do Cachão do Arnozelo.
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.
Cockburns 2017 Vintage Port
Provenance and variety make-up
· Quinta dos Canais: 74%
· Quinta do Vale Coelho: 18%
· Quinta do Cachão do Arnozelo: 8%
· Touriga Nacional: 52% (800 g/vine)
· Touriga Franca: 30% (670 g/vine)
· Sousão: 10% (1.3 kg/vine)
· Alicante Bouschet: 8%
· Alcohol by volume – 20% v/v (20°C)
· Total acidity – 4.57 (g/l)
· Baumé – 3.50
· Bottled during May 2019 with no filtration
· Winemakers: Charles Symington, Ricardo Carvalho
Only 2,500 nine litre cases were bottled.