Douro 2018 & 2019

Douro has long been a favourite of the Tanners Team and we’re always excited by a trip to taste the wines from barrel for our en primeur offer. Glorious weather, dramatic views, great food and fantastic wines – what’s not to like! However, much like other en primeur campaigns over the last 12 months, our tasting process has been rather different this year. Samples have been sent directly to us, for the team to taste at Wyle Cop and we’ve chatted with growers via Zoom. So this year we’ve missed out on the dramatic views, the local food and glorious weather but we can safely say the wines have been fantastic.

2018 was a superb vintage in the Douro but as is so often the case, it came at a price. A notably cool and wet spring brought to an end another dry winter (with an extremely challenging 20-month period of drought), which felt like welcome relief, however it also meant a delay to flowering. This was unfortunate as heavy rains in March, April and May greatly affected yields, and caused significant erosion damage to boot – the soils simply not able to contend with the onslaught. A hot and dry summer followed, giving a long growing season, ideal for achieving full maturity of the skins and seeds of the grapes. Harvesting took place from September 5th through October 13th; volumes are low (25-40% down on average), but the fruit was of very high quality with good levels of sugar and acidity.

 

Douro 2018 En Primeur Offer and tasting notes >

Vintage 2018

Type

Red

Notes

Shows a sweeter character on the nose, compared to Redoma, darker...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£324.00

Qty.

 

Shipping in 2022

Type

Red

Notes

"Named after the grand old cedar tree that stands on the...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£69.00

Qty.

 

Type

Red

Notes

Takes a little coaxing but then a beautiful purity of raspberry...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£342.00

Qty.

 

Shipping in 2022

Type

Red

Notes

55% Touriga Franca and 45% Touriga Nacional. Cool, dark, and focused...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£240.00

Qty.

 

Shipping in 2022

Type

Red

Notes

A lovely clarity of ruby suggests something lighter, and this follows...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£186.00

Qty.

 

Shipping in 2022

Type

Red

Notes

Petit Verdot demands plenty of sunshine and warmth, and the...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£96.00

Qty.

 

Shipping Autumn 2021

Type

Red

Notes

From a separate 35ha vineyard in the Roncão Valley, Douro...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£96.00

Qty.

 

Shipping Autumn 2021

Type

Red

Notes

The nose here is emblematic of great Douro wines, with superb...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£96.00

Qty.

 

Shipping Autumn 2021

Type

Red

Notes

From the Valley of Sabor in the heart of the Douro Superior...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£69.00

Qty.

 

Shipping in 2022

Type

Red

Notes

Very ripe and generous nose, super freshness and a very 'at ease'...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£192.00

Qty.

 

Shipping in 2022

Type

Red

Notes

Tiny old vineyard planted with a field blend based on Tinta Barroca...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£420.00

Qty.

Type

Red

Notes

Juicy, soft nose, focused red fruits with some candied elements...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£150.00

Qty.

 

Shipping in 2022

Vintage 2019

Type

White

Notes

The old vines and high altitude make this Niepoort's top white, and...

Pack Size

case of 3

Price

£171.00

Qty.

 

Type

White

Notes

Bright, pithy nose, stony, waxy with a hint of nuts, nice touch of...

Pack Size

case of 6

Price

£105.00

Qty.

 

Shipping in 2022