Vintage Port En Primeur

The Vintage

2022 was yet another challenging year in the Douro, with the Cima Corgo registering a deficit in rainfall of around 70% compared to the 30-year average, and Pinhão recording the highest ever temperature in Portugal at 47°C! They reckon the temperatures topped that at Quinta do Vesúvio further upriver but with no official weather station there it will remain a tale for time. In the words of the Anthony Symington, 2022 proved to be a year where the Douro showed it resilience, where the vines produced smaller leaves and smaller berries, deep roots mattered, and the experience and know-how of the vineyard teams proved invaluable. At Vesúvio they began picking the harvest on August 22nd – the earliest they have ever started in the Douro, when temperatures dropped to a ‘more manageable’ 22-25°C.

The Style

By analysis, acidity and sugar levels are lower than the norm in 2022 but the inclusion and increased percentages of the likes of Sousão and Alicante Bouschet are proving to be useful devices in bringing energy and freshness to the wines. Grape skins too were thinner than usual, so it was a challenge to delicately extract colour and structure. Analyses aside, the wines are generously aromatic with classic Douro perfumes of cistus, lavender, and warm schist dust; they feel incredibly intense and vibrant, lip-smacking, with a balanced sweetness and a fine mineral line, notably fine tannins, and superb length of flavour. They were delicious to taste as young Ports and of course they have decades ahead but there is real value in working through a case (or two) over time, rather than just waiting 25-30 years down the line!

Case of 12

    Name
    Type
    Notes
    Case Size
    Price
    Quantity
  • Fortified | Case of 12

    Fortified

    Highly distinctive and complex cologne-like perfume, a vaporous rapture of spice and pepper, blackberry, elderberry, violets and rocky cistus-like herb and mint. Stylish on the palate, plump and rounded with powdery tannins, a moreish dryness, and long perfumed flavours that echo the nose. Smooth, juicy, and full of personality.

    Case of 12

    £360.00

Case of 3

    Name
    Type
    Notes
    Case Size
    Price
    Quantity
  • Fortified | Case of 3

    Fortified

    A joyful nose of the warm Douro redolent of rock rose and menthol, roasted stones, fruit seeds and lush black fruits - all with super purity and freshness. A higher than typical percentage of Sousão brings a lovely juiciness; chalky, fine-grained tannins arrive early, and a pleasing sweetness doesn't fight with a natural lift and finesse. Lots of delicious red fruits here, some sappy touches, the whole is rather elegant and forward, and persistently fragrant with it.

    Case of 3

    £138.00
  • Fortified | Case of 3

    Fortified

    Highly distinctive and complex cologne-like perfume, a vaporous rapture of spice and pepper, blackberry, elderberry, violets and rocky cistus-like herb and mint. Stylish on the palate, plump and rounded with powdery tannins, a moreish dryness, and long perfumed flavours that echo the nose. Smooth, juicy, and full of personality.

    Case of 3

    £345.00
  • Fortified | Case of 3

    Fortified

    A pronounced, enveloping and highly expressive nose of blue and black fruits, with that great Douro perfume of rocky herbs, dark flowers, a whiff of mint, and touches of tobacco. Powerful stuff, fresh and great definition too. The palate shows great intensity and concentration with lots of spice, a little chew, and very good acidity from a healthy dose of Alicante Bouschet. Dense and rich but the whole has a nice dry balance to it, with a brilliant fragrant quality throughout. Seriously structured but fine, notably long spicy flavours punctuated with notes of fruit seeds and tea. A wine with remarkable drive.

    Case of 3

    £390.00
  • Fortified | Case of 3

    Fortified

    A notably deep and dense nose of pressed dark flowers, crushed dark fruits, and rich red fruits. Compact and serious but with a natural coolness and super definition. Full-bodied, with amazing intensity, real tension, and lots of chew, this is spicy and dynamic, offering deliciously ripe dark fruit flavours, notes of dark chocolate, tobacco, and tea. For a low acid vintage this is bright and tangy with obvious power, plenty of grip and superb length of flavour with a fine, dry, and palpable mineral line, as well as the estate's vinous and sappy vein. An impressive and detailed rare release for the long haul.

    Case of 3

    £564.00
  • Fortified | Case of 3

    Fortified

    A notably deep and dense nose of pressed dark flowers, crushed dark fruits, and rich red fruits. Compact and serious but with a natural coolness and super definition. Full-bodied, with amazing intensity, real tension, and lots of chew, this is spicy and dynamic, offering deliciously ripe dark fruit flavours, notes of dark chocolate, tobacco, and tea. For a low acid vintage this is bright and tangy with obvious power, plenty of grip and superb length of flavour with a fine, dry, and palpable mineral line, as well as the estate's vinous and sappy vein. An impressive and detailed rare release for the long haul.

    Case of 3

    £1,158.00

Case of 6

    Name
    Type
    Notes
    Case Size
    Price
    Quantity
  • Fortified | Case of 6

    Fortified

    Highly distinctive and complex cologne-like perfume, a vaporous rapture of spice and pepper, blackberry, elderberry, violets and rocky cistus-like herb and mint. Stylish on the palate, plump and rounded with powdery tannins, a moreish dryness, and long perfumed flavours that echo the nose. Smooth, juicy, and full of personality.

    Case of 6

    £312.00
  • Fortified | Case of 6

    Fortified

    A pronounced, enveloping and highly expressive nose of blue and black fruits, with that great Douro perfume of rocky herbs, dark flowers, a whiff of mint, and touches of tobacco. Powerful stuff, fresh and great definition too. The palate shows great intensity and concentration with lots of spice, a little chew, and very good acidity from a healthy dose of Alicante Bouschet. Dense and rich but the whole has a nice dry balance to it, with a brilliant fragrant quality throughout. Seriously structured but fine, notably long spicy flavours punctuated with notes of fruit seeds and tea. A wine with remarkable drive.

    Case of 6

    £318.00

Single bottle

    Name
    Type
    Notes
    Case Size
    Price
    Quantity
  • Fortified | Single bottle

    Fortified

    Notably deep and dense; pressed dark flowers, crushed dark fruits, and rich red fruits. Compact and serious with a natural coolness and super definition. Full-bodied, with amazing intensity, tension, and lots of chew, this is spicy and dynamic, offering deliciously ripe dark fruit flavours, notes of dark chocolate, tobacco, and tea. Bright and tangy with obvious power, plenty of grip and superb length of flavour with a fine, dry, and palpable mineral line, as well as the estate's vinous and sappy vein. 2.25L Tappit Hen - the equivalent of three standard bottles, adding to the rarity of this very special release.

    Single bottle

    £688.00