Vintage Port is a specific style of Ruby Port which is made only in exceptional years and from the ripest grapes. The fermented wine is fortified before being aged for 2 years in massive oak vats which preserve the ripe fruit character. Upon bottling, the wines continue to age and can reward patient maturation for many decades.
Dow’s Vintage Ports are powerful and austere when young. They age superbly with high purity of style. Dow’s has a firm tannic structure with spicy black-pepper and bitter chocolate flavors. The aromas are of violets when young, maturing into cinnamon with age. Dow’s Vintage Ports develop a superb racy elegance with maturity. Dows’ Vintage Port style particularly suits the years when the grapes are very ripe and generous.
"Mid to pale ruby with a brick rim. Wonderfully mature, complex nose with dried fruits - prunes? - but freshness too. Hint of dark chocolate. Alcohol wonderfully integrated. Then on the palate a real dancer of a wine - perfectly lively and truly tonic on the palate. Real delicacy - not desperately sweet, just beautifully balanced. Very very clean finish with a definite whisper of tannin on the finish.
The Syms reckons this would be one of the top four or five vintage ports of the 20th century by anyone's reckoning and certainly it demonstrated to me exactly what I love about really mature, top quality vintage port - a world away from young ruby. (JR) 19.5/20 points"
Jancis Robinson (10/2006)
The Quintas & Wineries
Dow’s has five of the most beautiful vineyards in the Douro valley – Quinta do Bomfim, Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira, Quinta do Santinho, Quinta de Cerdeira, and Quinta da Fonte Branca– with a total of 133 hectares under vine. These five estates form the backbone of Dow’s greatest Ports. Three wineries, two large ‘state of the art’ wineries at Bomfim and Sol and one small ‘specialist’ winery at Senhora da Ribeira, permit Dow’s to be the largest buyer of premium quality grapes in the Douro and represent a unique investment in diversified and specialized winemaking for the pursuit of quality.
Founded in 1798, over two centuries ago, by Bruno da Silva, a Portuguese merchant from Oporto, who made a journey which was the opposite to that of the first British merchants. Bruno set up in London from where he imported wine from his native country.
Dow’s was the first British Port producer to invest extensively in premium vineyards, acquiring Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira in 1890 and Quinta do Bomfim in 1896. These superb vineyards are fundamental to the outstanding reputation that Dow’s has long enjoyed. In 1912, Andrew James Symington became a partner in Dow’s, and today six members of the family own and work in the company; Peter, Paul, Johnny, Dominic, Rupert, and Charles.
A collector's item! We believe this wine to be wonderful - however, as with all aged wines, it comes with a 'Buyers be aware' clause, and some labels may not be perfect. If you have any queries, please just drop us an email or give us a call!
Touriga Franca - Touriga Nacional - Tinta Barroca - Tinta Roriz
20% alc vol
|Units of Alcohol per Bottle||15 units|
|Type||Red - Fortified|
|Cellaring Potential||Drink now or longer if you prefer mature wines|
Beef, Mature and hard cheese
|Allergen Information||Contains sulphites|