Few Port vintages have raised as many expectations as 2000 and when out buyers tasted the wines earlier this year their high expectations were met. The poor berry set in June led to yields being slashed by as much as 35-40% in the delimited vineyard area for Port. The summer was warm though not roasting hot, but an unusually hot period in early September lead to a rapid advancement in the maturity of the grapes. The harvest took place in perfect conditions and produced a small, compact crop of grapes that were packed with rich fruit and tannins.
"The vintage is up in quality with many of the best in recent decades," said Peter Symington, whose family own Graham,Dow,Warre,Smith Woodhouse and Gould Campbell, said: "Anyone who thinks that 2000 was declared simply because it was the year 2000 is wrong. The vintage made great wines." Taylor's Chairman Alistair Robertson commented: "The 20th century produced some magnificent vintage Ports and I am delighted to report that it has been crowned by a 2000 vintage of this quality. Taylor's has produced exceptionally stylish Ports. The 2000 is rich and elegant with luscious black fruit aromas backed with enor mous concentration and fine length."
We are delighted to make an initial offer of the excellent 2000 Vintage Ports. These wines may well be subject to allocation depending on demand.