Please note this is Pre Order Offer for Dows 2017 Vintage Port.
The Port will be shipped in late 2019.
The price quoted is per bottle and includes UK VAT and Duty. Delivery charges will be added during checkout. These are packed in wooden cases of 6 bottles, but we will split these and the Port will also be available by the bottle.
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”.
Dows 2017 Vintage Port
Tasting note from the Symington Family Estates Tasting Room 2019 – “It is rare to see such tremendous depth and intensity in colour as this wine displays. The freshness of the floral aromas is very attractive with a dominance of rockrose, a flower that grows wild around the hills of Senhora da Ribeira. On the palate, it is exceptionally full-bodied, rich and powerful with black fruit coming to the fore. Gorgeous, ripe fruit is balanced by the fine tannin structure. On the finish, it is typically Dow, austere and somewhat drier than many other ports. The intense fruit flavours linger long on the palate.”
Charles Symington commented after selecting the final blend: “This is one of the finest Dow’s Vintage Ports I have blended. I believe this wine more than deserves its place
alongside our recent Dow’s Vintages of 2016, 2011 and 2007. In my opinion it has the potential to rank alongside the Dow’s all-time greats.”
Provenance and variety make-up
• Quinta do Bomfim: 43%
• Quinta Da Senhora da Ribeira: 38%
• Quinta do Cabeço: 12%
• Quinta da Cerdeira: 7%
• Touriga Nacional: 42%
• Touriga Franca: 38%
• Sousão: 9%
• Old mixed vines (field blend): 8%
• Alicante Bouschet: 3%
• Alcohol by volume – 20% v/v (20°C)
• Total acidity – 4.24 (g/l)
• Baumé – 3.40
• Bottled during May 2019 with no filtration
• Winemakers: Charles Symington, Pedro Sousa (Bomfim)
and Ricardo Carvalho (Senhora da Ribeira).
Only 5,250 nine litre cases were bottled.