Beef, plum, dark chocolate, blackberry and molasses – this is deliciously mature, although it doesn't have the same length and breadth of the greatest vintages. Even so, what a generous and fulfilling glass!
Drink 2000 - 2024
Richard Hemming MW, JancisRobinson.com (May 2022)
Lovely, expressive, expansive aromas with more to give: ripe plum and berry fruit, voluptuous and rich. Well-defined palate retaining focus and definition with firm, tight, ripe tannins to back it up. Peacock’s tail of a finish. Very impressive now and with more to give.
Drink 2014 - 2045
Richard Mayson, Decanter.com (October 2022)
About this WINE
There are around 40 different grape varieties permitted in the production of Port - however the vast majority of Ports are produced from a blend of 5 grapes - Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz, and Tinto Cão.
Touriga Nacional produces small, dark-skinned grapes that produce opaque black wines of great extract and high tannins - it gives grip, body, and structure to the blend.
Touriga Franca has a thinner skin and consequently produces wines lighter in colour and tannins than Touriga Nacional. It contributes fruit, aroma, suppleness and roundness.
Tinta Roriz is the Portuguese name for Tempranillo and its high sugar content and low acidity contribute colour and fruit.
Tinta Barroca which is normally grown at highish altitudes and on north-facing slopes, is prized for producing wines of delicacy, finesse and with smooth, velvety fruit. It brings elegance and sweet, ripe fruit to the final blend.
Finally Tinto Cão produces fine and complex wines, though it is probably the least important of the 5 grapes as its painfully small yields have reduced plantings to almost insignificant levels.