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Back-to-back!
24 May 2019

The 2017 vintage has been declared. This is the first time in the Symington family’s history (Graham’s, Dow’s, Warre’s, Cockburn’s and Vesuvio) that they have ever declared back-to-back vintages, while for Taylor Fladgate (Taylor’s, Fonseca and Croft) one has to go back as far as 1846 and 1847 to find the last full back-to-back declaration! These facts speak for themselves. The 2017 Ports are of an entirely different style to last year’s classical 2016s, speaking more to opulence and deep, layered, complexity. Indeed, the tannins are present and at times muscular, but more often than not they are swathed in sleek, velvety fruit and masses of concentration. Their weighting and overall sense of integration though is striking. For despite their density, they do not sit heavily but unfurl with layer upon layer of complexity the longer they sit in the glass. If the 2016s spoke of freshness and soaring aromas, the 2017s are charged with a coiled energy and a rich depth of flavour that some say they’ve never seen before.

It’s well known by now that 2017 was a particularly dry, hot growing season. After an exceptionally warm winter, bud break occurred in March, flowering followed in May and veraison was over and done with by the end of June, roughly three weeks earlier than average. A storm in early July broke the critical mass of extreme heat generated in June, leading in to a relatively soft, but very dry summer. The deluge of water in July descended straight in to the soil and helped the vines to slow steady maturity without affecting the size of the berries, which would eventually prove to be very small with ripe, thick skins. Harvest began around the 25th August; the earliest on record. Importantly though, by this point the vines had gone through a complete growing cycle, beginning and ending around three weeks early. According to Charles Symington, the conditions in 2017 coincide closely with the legendary 1945; another extraordinarily dry, early year.    Read More

The Ports on Offer

Col. Vint.
Wine / Producer Appellation / Region
Format Cs. Btls. Price Tax
Cockburn
  2017
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 7 0 £240.00 ib Buy
Croft
  2017
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 7 0 £240.00 ib Buy
12x37.5cl - - Sold Out ep
3x150cl - - Sold Out ep
  2017
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Format Price Tax
3x75cl 2 0 £297.00 ib Buy
Dows
  2017
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl - - Sold Out ib
12x37.5cl - - Sold Out ib
Fonseca
  2017
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 6 0 £320.00 ib Buy
3x150cl - - Sold Out ep
12x37.5cl - - Sold Out ep
Graham's
  2017
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl - - Sold Out ib
  2017
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Format Price Tax
3x75cl - - Sold Out ep
Quinta Do Noval
  2017
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 10 0 £340.00 ib Buy
Quinta do Vesuvio
  2017
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 6 0 £270.00 ib Buy
  2017
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Format Price Tax
3x75cl - - Sold Out ep
Taylor's
  2017
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 10 4 £325.00 ib Buy
12x37.5cl - - Sold Out ep
3x150cl - - Sold Out ep
  2017
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Format Price Tax
3x75cl - - Sold Out ep
Warre's
  2017
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Format Price Tax
12x37.5cl 1 0 £276.00 ib Buy
6x75cl - - Sold Out ep

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