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Following is our Offer of
2016 Vintage Port
These wines have all had great reviews from Neal Martin in Vinous. 2016 is the first universally declared vintage since the super 2011 vintage and the wines have been favourably compared with 2011. 2011 was favourably compared with 1994 and 1963 to add a little more perspective.
Nowadays it can be difficult to make room for Port, but a mere 6 bottles, or a dozen halves in your cellar means you are prepared!
DOW 2016 - 98 Points:
The 2016 Dow's Vintage Port is based around the Vinha dos Ecos vineyard behind Bomfim, populated predominantly by mature Touriga Franca vines that were cropped at just 0.68kg per vine. It has a quite astonishing bouquet with layer upon layer of intense black cherry and cassis fruit, touches of clove, leather and a hint of over-ripe Satsuma. This is a mercurial bouquet that keeps changing in the glass, revealing smoky/burning ember scents with time. The palate is quite magnificent - perfectly balanced with a killer thread of acidity slicing through such pure intense black fruit that there is no heaviness at all. There is a sense of thrust on the finish as it fans out with almost careless abandon, a Vintage Port so self-assured that you can only sit back in amazement. Simply one of the best Dow's ever made.
36 half bottles @ £320 per case of 12
24 bottles @ £310 per case of 6
1 double magnum @ £310 each
GRAHAM 2016 - 96 Points
The 2016 Graham's Vintage Port is inky black in colour. The bouquet is voluminous and intense, the aromas almost shrouding your head! Blackberry, black olive, clove and a touch of smoke, just a hint of pencil box in the background. The palate is brilliant, quite brilliant. Supple tannin, a satin-like texture, perfect balance and unerring purity, this is a fabulous Graham's that effortlessly fans out and caresses the senses on the finish. This Graham's has huge potential and is going to give a lot of pleasure for many years.
96 half bottles @ £320 per case of 12
1 double magnum @ £310
Quinta do Vesuvio 2016 - 92 Points:
The 2016 Quinta do Vesuvio from Symington's has a slightly more savoury bouquet than its fellow 2016 releases - earthier, almost nuttier with some lovely grilled walnut scents percolating through with time in the glass. The palate is sweet and candied on the entry, notes of marmalade and dried quince infusing the cassis and black cherry fruit with high notes of blueberry and a slight saline tincture towards the well balanced, quite persistent finish. Very fine.
12 bottles @ £240 per case of 6
1 Tappit Hen (225 cl / 3bottle-size) @ £180
Warre 2016 - 94 Points:
The 2016 Warre's Vintage Port was picked from 19 September, the harvest took 10 days longer than usual in order to gain optimal ripeness. It has a tightly-wound but compelling bouquet with intense black fruit laced with clove, nutmeg and touches of smoke. This is a Warre's with great precision and detail. The palate is sheer class: saturated ripe tannin that belie the structure underneath. There is a symmetry about this Vintage Port and a tension that keeps you returning for more. Wow. This is one of the finest Warre's that I have tasted at declaration. Bravo! Production is 4,250 cases.
24 half bottles @ £260 per case of 12
48 bottles @ £255 per case of 6
1 Tappit Hen (225 cl / 3bottle-size) @ £190