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This is a ripe and generous wine, with tannins that are well integrated into the powerful black-fruit core. It is rich in a black plum flavor that's cut by fine acidity. Complex, balanced and full of long-term potential, drink this impressive wine from 2029.
Plum, violet and chocolate with a hint of musky grape aromas too. Pashmina smoothness. Utter pleasure to taste – the fruit is just so pristine, yet there is spice and earthiness and even a bit of savoury umami flavour too – mushroom and soy, perhaps. Superb. 20%
|Score: 18.5+||Richard Hemming MW, JancisRobinson.com, May 2018|
Vinified in Quinta do Seixo through traditional technology of Port wine, grapes sourced in Quinta do Seixo and Quinta do Vau. After selection of grapes, crushing and destemming, very intense maceration is followed during the period of alcoholic fermentation, by foot in granite wineries with controlled temperature. Its balance and harmony as well as its body and structure are obtained through the selection of grapes, the intensity of maceration and the choice of the moment of the stop of the fermentation. After the harvest the wine remains in the Douro, being subjected during the winter to the first racking and transported to Vila Nova de Gaia the following spring. Here begins the usual process of aging Port Wine in oak barrels. During this period, the wines are subject to raffles, analyzes and tests, which allow to accompany their aging. The final batch is obtained after thorough selection of the wines, in the insistent search for the best quality.
The 2016 harvest in the Douro brought perfectly-timed rain that turned a good year into a great one. Fortunately, despite a challenging growing season and a much adjusted and delayed picking schedule, those producers with excellent vineyard knowledge and confident decision-making, were rewarded with spectacular Vintage Ports.