Quinta de Roriz 2016 Vintage Port. The 2016 Vintage Ports are exceptional, with tannins that are amongst the most refined ever, supporting beautiful red-fruit flavours with extraordinary intense, purple colour. They have impressive structure and balance, with Baumes, acidity, tannins and colour in rare and perfect alignment. This is no doubt a result of the later ripening cycle which allowed our grapes to mature evenly and completely.
Vintage Ports are only made on very exceptional years (usually three or four times in a decade). After the harvest, wines of Vintage potential are put into oak barrels called ‘pipes’. Some eighteen months later a careful and painstaking series of tastings is held to judge exactly which wines of different vineyards merit inclusion in the final blend. If the ideal blend is achieved, the wine is then bottled without any filtration whatsoever approximately 24 months after the original harvest. Vintage Port must then be matured for some ten to twenty years in cool dark cellars as it gradually achieves the outstanding style of a great wine. The bottles should always be stored lying down. Vintage Ports deposit a heavy sediment or ‘crust’ in the bottle while maturing and must be decanted prior to serving.
Quinta de Roriz 2016 Vintage Port – In accordance with a policy of releasing Vintage Ports only in outstanding years, Bruno Prats and the Symington family are proud to announce the release of a 2016 Vintage Port from Quinta de Roriz. This is the second declared Vintage Port made at Quinta de Roriz by the Prats & Symington partnership, since taking ownership of the historic property in 2009.
Symington Family Estate Tasting Note: Lifted ripe red fruit aromas which are confirmed on the palate with delicious supple flavours of strawberry and raspberry. There is an interesting mineral streak, backed up by dry tannins that give the wine balance and structure.
Bottled during May 2018 without any filtration
Winemakers: Charles Symington and Bruno Prats
Only 390 nine litre cases were bottled.
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