Quinta Do Vesuvio 1996 Vintage Port

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Quinta Do Vesuvio 1996 Vintage Port was one of only a handful of vintage Ports released in 1996.

Quinta Do Vesuvio is the flagship Single Quinta of Symington Family Estates (owners of Dow, Warre, Grahams et al.) The estate can trace its origins back to 1565. 1823 Quinta do Vesuvio was purchased by the well-known Port grower António Bernard Ferreira who massively renovated and improved the estate. It passed through family hands until is was acquired by the Symington family in 1989 and who immediately set about restoring and renovating the estate to modern standards. The main house and winery were restored and a large planting and re-planting of existing vineyard was undertaken taking the vineyard area to 136 hectares. All grapes are trodden by foot and only Vintage Port is made at Quinta de Vesuvio. Between the extraordinary variety of microclimates and the range of grape varieties grown on the estate, the Quinta is capable of making a great Vintage Port in all but the most challenging years.  The entire property is A-rated, the highest possible quality designation.

Notes on release – “One of the finest Vesuvio wines produced to date in one of the largest harvests in the Douro Valley.  A  very small batch, representing around 12% of total production was selected for bottling. The wine is deep purple and opaque in colour with richly lifted floral aromas of violets and a massive flavour of blackcurrant fruit with firm tannins balanced with the usual Vesuvio sweetness.”

Quinta Do Vesuvio 1996 Vintage Port would make a great 30th birthday present in 2016.


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