Quinta do Vale Meao 2017 Vintage Port – Sold Out
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”.
Quinta do Vale Meao 2017 Vintage Port
This superb 2017 vintage Port is produced from grapes grown at the Quinta do Vale Meao estate, one of the great wine estates of the Douro, if not the world. It was bought and established by the legendary lady of Port, Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, in the early 19th Century and it has been the stage for many pioneering feats of wine-making and viticulture in the Douro. Currently the estate remains in family hands, with descendant Francisco Xavier Olazabal (Vito), his winemaker son Francisco and daughter Luísa all devoted to the cause.
Quinta do Vale Meao 2017 Vintage Port is a typical Douro blend of Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz and Sousao. In fact over 10 different grape varieties are used. The Port is made in the traditional way and the grapes are foot trodden in stone lagares. The wine is aged in large wooden vats and bottled 22 months after the harvest.This is an opulent wine with with magnificent aromas, intensity and an extraordinary concentration, all balanced by a fresh, clean finish. This is a wine of exceptional complexity with great potential.