Tawny ports are sometimes non-vintage dated blends bottled at 10, 20, 30 and 40 years previous, with every decade of ageing including larger depth and character—and value. However this month, Taylor Fladgate, which boasts considered one of Portugal’s largest reserves of older cask-aged wines, launched a uncommon vintage-dated, unblended Single Harvest Tawny from its well-known 1896 crop, representing one of many best harvests of the Nineteenth century and which signaled a renewal for the realm following a devastating phylloxera epidemic. After 125 years of ageing in handcrafted oak casks sequestered within the firm’s cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia and the inevitable evaporation that in the end happens, solely two port pipes’ value of the burnished bronze-colored wine (out of 18 stuffed initially) remained. It was simply sufficient to fill 1,700 specifically crafted Glencairn Scottish-crystal decanters, every sealed with a hand lower, eight sided engraved crystal stopper, and priced at $5,500 every and accompanied by a cherry wooden case, a commemorative booklet on the 1896 Single Harvest Tawny, and a signed certificates from Taylor Fladgate managing director Adrian Bridge.
“The launch of a wine as previous, priceless and distinctive as this one happens solely a handful of instances in a era,” mentioned Bridge. “It’s by its nature a historic occasion in its personal proper, which Taylor Fladgate is proud to share with wine collectors and connoisseurs of uncommon wines. Savoring such a wine is a as soon as in a lifetime expertise.”
To make certain, with its stewed-plum bouquet and flavors of cedar and candied apple, this port lingers on the palate for a rare length, befitting its nice age.
Leaping from Nineteenth- to Twenty first-century vintages brings us to the six just-released Symington 2019 Single Quinta Vintages, every coming from its personal farm throughout the Symington Household Estates, one of many world’s largest port producers. Coming from an erratic rising season, with a bit of over 50 p.c of the typical winter rainfall within the Douro and nearly none in the summertime, the end result was one of many longest harvests lately, which ended up producing small volumes of wine possessing incredible depth and complexity. Deemed too spectacular to mix into one basic classic, Symington’s head winemaker, Charles Symington, bottled every quinta individually.
“These thrilling and vigorous younger wines signify absolutely the pinnacle of the 2019 harvest,” mentioned Symington. “They’re beautiful at present and I imagine they may age fantastically over many a long time.”
The 2019 Dow’s Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira ($75) is elegantly floral, whereas the intensely fruity 2019 Quinta do Vesúvio ($85) can even be out there as a part of a limited-edition Single Quinta Classic set ($400) alongside bottlings from the 2009 and 1999 vintages. Reserved for future releases: the Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos, Dow’s Quinta do Bomfim, Warre’s Quinta da Cavadinha and Cockburn’s Quinta dos Canais.