2011 Churchill's, Port, Portugal

2011 Churchill's, Port, Portugal

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2011 Churchill's, Port, Portugal

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Description

Vintage Churchill is the fruit of 50-year-old vines from Quinta da Grincha on the south bank of the Douro. Johnny Graham describes it as ‘classic’, its foot-trodden fruit certainly achieving a rare intensity and elegance. The nose marries soft crème cassis aromas with more profound notes of bay leaf, forest floor and macerated prune. The palate is fresh yet beautifully concentrated, with textbook sweetness, balancing freshness and enveloping ripe tannins. This is as eloquent and serious as anything with the name Churchill should be.
Simon Field MW, Port Buyer

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Wine Advocate92-94/100
The Churchills Vintage Port has a comparatively light, aniseed-tinged bouquet with orange blossom that wafts seductively from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple ripe tannins and very well-judged acidity that lends this young Churchills great precision. This is a very harmonious Vintage Port with a lovely touch of salted licorice towards the finish. Beautiful. 3,000 cases declared. Tasted May 2013.
Neal Martin - 28/06/2013 Read more

About this WINE

Churchill

Churchill

Churchill is the newest port shipper and is the first independent British Port wine company to be established in the last 50 years. It was established by Johnny Graham and his brothers in 1981.

Churchill has recently bought its own Quinta (a farm, ranging in size from a smallholding to a sizeable estate) in the Douro and a promising start looks set to continue, as this will enable Churchill to have more control over the quality of the fruit - the key to fine Vintage Port.

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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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