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The Wine Society’s Generation Series Reserve Port

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A vivid and refined young wine, its floral bouquet marked by purity and freshness, with a hint of fruitcake spice, vinous, silky texture, and well integrated spirit. Enjoy its youthful fruit expression now, or cellar to allow more complex and savoury flavours to develop. For more on the story of this wine, please scroll down.
Price: £20.00 Bottle
Price: £120.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: PN331

Wine characteristics

  • Port
  • 7 - Dessert sweetness
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2035
  • 19.5% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Cork, natural

More on the wine

It is no surprise that Ports were among the earliest wines offered by the young Wine Society, when England and Scotland played such an integral role in the development of the Port industry. Later listings featured vintage wines from recognised houses, but in the early years Ports appeared under a variety of names: 'Port, full, dry, rich', 'Fine, full matured', 'Specially selected', 'Choice old vintage', to name just a few.

This wine was matured in the Douro Superior and blended for us by the historic Quinta do Vale Meão, producer of The Society’s Exhibition Douro, whose history is inextricably linked with the history of wine production in the Douro valley.

Bottled unfiltered, it may be enjoyed on release, or stored for future drinking, when decanting is recommended, as it may throw a sediment with cellaring. This style of premium ruby port is the perfect match for a cheeseboard, especially Stilton, but may also be enjoyed with chocolate, a rich fruit cake, or a few dried fruits and nuts.

Joanna Locke MW, Buyer for Portugal

Quinta do Vale Meão

The Quinta do Vale Meão estate was the ‘last great achievement’ of Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, the legendary Great Lady of the Douro, and the only property which was totally planted by her, on 300 hectares of barren common land purchased at auction from the town council of Vila Nova de Foz Côa in 1877. The project took eight years to complete and Antónia just saw it come to fruition, dying the following year in 1896. Originally the estate supplied grapes that went into perhaps Portugal's most famous red table to date, Barca Velha.

It is now owned by her great-great grandson Francisco Javier de Olazabal. He left the Port and Douro Wine Company A.A. Ferreira in 1998 to develop his own winemaking project with his son, Francisco (Xito) de Olazabal y Nicolau de Almeida, and his sister Luisa now manages sales and marketing of the wines. The century-old winery has subsequently been totally refurbished, adding modern winemaking equipment but retaining the tradition of old granite lagares. 67 hectares of vines are block planted on a variety of soil types, with a particular commitment to the touriga nacional variety. The first wines, of the 1999 vintage, were released in 2001. As well as organic olive oil they make a range of wines from traditional Douro grape varieties, with their reds foot trodden in granite lagares.

Our first Exhibition Douro came from the fine 2011 vintage. In 2013 Meandro branco was made for the first time from grapes bought in.

Decanter

It was inevitable that The Wine Society special anniversary series would include a Port, and the retailer reached out to Quinta do Vale Meão, producer of The Society’s Exhibition Port, to blend this...
It was inevitable that The Wine Society special anniversary series would include a Port, and the retailer reached out to Quinta do Vale Meão, producer of The Society’s Exhibition Port, to blend this limited celebratory edition. Fragrant and transparent on the nose, with aromas of red cherries, violets, crushed rose petals and poached plum, this is a classy Ruby Port, bottled unfiltered and with potential to age for another decade. In the mouth, vibrant acidity lifts the luscious fruit core, supported by a firm tannic structure. A thick layer of cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon adds both richness and playfulness. Balanced and elegant with very good alcohol integration.
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