2007 Berrys' Vintage Port

2007 Berrys' Vintage Port

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2007 Berrys' Vintage Port

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This is a superb vintage port! It has a core of vibrant, dense sweet black fruit which sings from the glass and is absolutely delicious to drink now.

However the sheer concentration of this wine and the robustness of its tannic structure will ensure a long future if you can bear to wait; over the next couple of decades you can look forward to the development of a gorgeous savoury complexity not unlike that of a fine Burgundy or top claret, and the softening of those firm tannins to give a divinely silky texture. An absolute steal at the price.
(Anne McHale, Wine Education Specialist, February 2012) It was a great honour for Berry’s when Peter Symington, as part of his retirement celebrations (after a mere 45 years making superlative wines for Graham, Dow, Warre and the rest of them), made a very special vintage port, especially for us, its fruit sourced predominately from vines that also go to make up the Graham blend, in itself on of the top performers of the superlative year that was 2007.

The wine does not disappoint; the dark inky colour and wonderfully floral nose (crushed pepper and violets) give way to a palate where there is an almost perfectly harmonious balance between the sweet and the savoury elements, the purity of blackberry fruit poised in elegant counterpoint to the spirit and the powerful tannins on the finish. Vinhas Velhas (old vines) explain both the concentration and the length of this very fine wine, surely one of the best ports ever to come under the Berry’s Own Selection Label.
(Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer)
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Symington Family Estates

Symington Family Estates

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Vintage Port

Vintage Port

Vintage Port accounts for only a small percentage of the total Port production - which includes Tawny, Ruby, Late Bottled Vintage, Single Quinta Vintage styles, among others - but is the finest, longest-lived and most expensive style that is produced. The best are as good as any wine in existence.

With the exception of legendary vineyards like Quinta do Noval Nacional and Quinta do Vesuvio, Vintage Port is made from a blend of wines from a producer's finest plots. It is aged for around 18 months in wooden casks before bottling; from then on the watch-word is patience. At least 15 years ageing – and for the top wines it will be significantly longer – is required before the tannins, spirit and fruit are fully integrated. Indeed, the finest examples can last well over 50 years. 

Vintage Port is only made in exceptional years (normally around three times per decade) with considerable stylistic variation between different years and shippers. However, they all share a sweet, warming, spicy richness, power and complexity. In other good but not great vintages, many shippers produce a  Single Quinta Vintage Port from their finest vineyard. These are made in the same way and have the same style as Vintage Port but tend to mature faster and are less profound. All Vintage Port throws a sediment as it matures, and thus requires decanting.

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Port Blend

Port Blend

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.

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