Almost half of the final Warres blend comes from grapes grown in the high Quinta da Cavadinha vineyards. This, the Symingtons believe, goes some way to explaining the perennially elegant and finessed style of this port. In 2011 there were a mere 3000 cases produced of this violet and orange peel scented beauty. On the palate the floral qualities continue, joined by beautiful red berry, campari, morello cherry notes, a mineral seam and a really sweet fruit core with a touch of mint on the finish. There is plenty of depth to this yet it remains resolutely not a blockbuster. Absolutely lovely.
The Douro valley is the home of Port production and is one of the oldest demarcated wine regions in the world. The vineyards follow a band of Schist along the valley rising up in steep terraced slopes from the river. Upstream lies Spains Ribera del Duero. Increasingly, unfortified wines are produced here, but it is really for great vintage port that the region is known.