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Generous late-bottled pouring Port with dark berry and spice flavours and long smooth finish.
Product Code: PT2431
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The Symington family is the dominant force in the Port trade. They own 2,400 hectares of land in the Douro Valley across 26 individual Quintas (Estates) where over 1,000 hectares are planted with vines. They own several well-known brands of Port, and since 1999 have been producing table wines from the Douro. As of 2017 they are also owners of an estate in the Portalegre sub-region to the north east of the Alentejo - their first outside the Douro - with the first wines released in 2019.The Port houses they control include Graham’s, Dow’s, Warre’s, Quinta do Vesuvio, Smith Woodhouse, Gould Campbell, Quarles Harris and most recently since 2010, Cockburn. The family has been present in the Douro for five generations, having been founded in 1882 when Andrew James Symington, a Scot who arrived in Oporto, started working for Graham’s before becoming a partner of Warre & Co and Dow’s Port. Over 70% of the Port wine sold by Symington brands is produced from grapes grown on their own properties. Their Douro wines include the Altano range, Quinta do Ataíde in the Vilariça valley in the upper Douro, and flagship Chryseia, which along with Post Scriptum and Prazo de Roriz, are produced at Quinta de Roriz in a joint venture with Bruno Prats, ex of Château Cos d'Estournel in Bordeaux.Members of the Primum Familiae Vini group of top family producers worldwide, they are one of the world's leading producers. They own the largest organically certified vineyard in Portugal and from 2019 are certified B-corporation members.
Like its neighbour Spain, Portugal has been undergoing something of a quiet revolution over the last twenty years or so. A reluctance to follow trends and plant international grapes is now paying dividends and the new breed of full-blooded, fruit-filled wines are more than able to compete on the world stage. The unique flavours that are the hallmark of Portugal's indigenous grape varieties have become its trump card. Vinho Verde, sometimes spritzy and youthful and sometimes made with the aim of creating a more serious white wine, is in the verdant north-west, bordering the Spanish province of Galicia. A wet and fertile area, the grapes ripen with moderate sugar levels and refreshing acidity, meaning that the wines are usually lowish in alcohol at about 10-11%. Astringent, low alcohol red Vinho Verde is also produced. Trás-os-Montes is a remote region of harsh winters and hot, dry summers in the north-east of the country is bound on one side by high mountains and on the other the border with Spain (the name means 'behind the mountains'. The schistous soils and the grapes are similar to those of the Douro. Reds are often lighter and more aromatic than those of neighbouring Douro.The Douro is one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world, and deservedly Portugal's best known, the Douro has quickly emerged to lead the way as the country's premium wine region and there is a real pioneering spirit amongst the winemakers here, port shippers included. Although there is an enormous variety of different terroirs within the Douro Valley, this is essentially a sparsely populated, hot, arid region where grapes are grown on spectacularly steep terraced slopes. Wine grapes are the same as those that go into Port. Wines tend to be high in tannin and flavour.Dão is south of the Douro on granite slopes protected by high mountains and pine forests. The region produces one of Portugal's better-known reds of the same name. Once dominated by rather lack-lustre co-operatives, the area now has a whole clutch of dynamic, small producers making elegant, approachable and enjoyable wines.Between the mountains and the coast, on fertile clay soils, is Bairrada (barro is Portuguese for clay). Better known for red wines, this is one of the only wine regions in Portugal to be dominated by a single grape variety,the tannic, high-acid baga, making wines that can be tough and astringent in their youth but which soften with age, becoming beguilingly perfumed. These days many blend baga with non-indigenous grapes to make a friendlier style, but the greatest are pure baga. The area also benefits from late-afternoon breezes which favour the production of fresh, food-friendly whites and increasingly popular sparkling wines.Beira Interior is a rather disparate region covering a vast swathe of inland Portugal south of the Douro and east of Dão. Vineyards are grown at altitude on granite soils. In the north, grapes are similar to those of the Douro while the south has a whole mix of varieties. Lisboa is a large, coastal region that runs north from Lisbon. Atlantic breezes help cool the vineyards and maintain the fresh acidity and aromatics in the mostly white wines. North of Bucelas, on the Atlantic west coast lies the strip of rolling countryside that contains nine separate DOCs under the umbrella name of Lisboa. This is Portugal's largest wine producing region in volume terms.Bucelas was the first wine The Society ever sold! This tiny DOC is one of the closest to Lisbon. It produces breezy dry whites which are popular locally.Tejo was formerly known as Ribatejo is known for good, everyday drinking wines in a range of styles from a wide range of permitted grapes. This region lies on either side of the River Tagus Lying across the mouth of theTagus river, the Península de Setúbal is a flat, sandy region with the exception of the Serra da Arrábida a short chain of mountains with clay and limestone soils. There are two DOCs here, Palmela north-east of the peninsula where the castelão grape is ideally suited to the sandy soils, and Setúbal, where a sweet fortified wine is made primarily from muscat of Alexandria.The Alentejo province stretches south from the Tagus to the Algarve and east to the border with Spain and covers almost a third of continental Portugal. Divided into seven diverse sub-regions, the undulating hills are home to many crops. Despite the challengingly arid climate here, this is a dynamic region, referred to sometimes as Portugal's 'new world'.
Early tastings suggested much to look forward to from Portugal’s 2015 vintage, not least an excellent vintage in the Minho (Vinho Verde country), which naturally produces a light and fragrant, appetising style that seems perfectly suited to today’s palate. And so it has proved.By and large the climate in Portugal is warm so the best years deliver ripeness tempered by freshness. This is easier to achieve in the coastal regions (Vinho Verde, Bairrada and Lisboa for example) and higher/protected, more continental regions (Dão, north-eastern Alentejo and eastern Beiras). That said, it looks like a very good vintage in the Douro too, promising for the red wines even if it does not ultimately make the grade of a vintage port release year.
"Really enjoyable, rich plummy port. On the sweet side, but sufficiently full and rich to support it."
I would recommend this wine
"Really enjoyable, rich plummy port. On the sweet side, but sufficiently full and rich to support it."
I would recommend this wine
Prima 30th Oct 2020
"With its earthy
blackcurrant aroma and plum flavours, this port is great with cheese, dark
chocolate and berry desserts."
"The other reviewer must have had a bad bottle because this was absolutely glorious! I bought two bottles of port for Christmas, this and the Society's Exhibition Crusted 2013. The latter was disappointing, this was unbelievably good"
Mr Andrew Swann (09-Feb-2020)
"Quite unpleasant. The flavour is initially fruit to the fore but then a nasty chemical taste kicks in, as if it has been fortified by a cheap Eastern European spirit to add body. There is no finish leaving an oily aftertaste and a wish to move on to something more pleasant. This is not the quality I expect from the Wine Society, particularly as they put their name to it."
Ian B Wibberley Esq (09-Feb-2020)
"A nice port, and better than the Graham's LBV I also had this Xmas, but not as good as the Society's Crusted. This is streets ahead of supermarket LBVs (at least of former years when I've tried them) with none of their rather cheap, poisonous-tasting thinness masked by sugar. This feels as though it has come by its character honestly. However, I did find it a little alcoholic and dare I say somewhat monotonous. There's plenty of fruit and richness but little by way of ongoing revelations. For the price it is very good."
Mr Tom Lavercombe (22-Jan-2019)
Kent & Sussex Courier (20th Mar 2017)
"This is a remarkably
rich, sumptuous and remarkable cask-aged Port with astonishing impact and
length. Its ripe and sweet liquorice, dark cherry, bramble and prune flavours
are stuffed into every corner and are spot on for dark chocolate desserts or
blue cheeses such as Cashel Blue, Roquefort, Stilton and Gorgonzola. Terrific
value. Saúde! - James Viner"
"Without a doubt, one of the finest ports I have tasted. We received gifts of different ports over Christmas '15, and this knocked them all into the dark place! Deep, complex, quality."
Mr Allen O'Neill (18-Jan-2016)
"Delicious. Good value. I will be buying this again."
Mr Michael Slade (01-Jan-2015)
"Really enjoyed this port, it has some nice fruit and also body with a touch of sweetness, recommended for any occasion - it didn't last long."
Mr David Mitchell (24-Dec-2014)
"Fantastic port, great depth of flavour with a nice amount of fruit, made by the Symington house so you know its top quality, opened some last night and I doubt it will last very long, will have to order more."
Mr David Mitchell (21-Nov-2014)
Sheffield Profile (21st Dec 2013)
"A good example of a
tastier younger bottle. The aroma is of red fruits followed by a ripe palate of
berries, currants and with some sweetness, although barrel ageing gives
complexity and richness.-Richard Marsden"
"Not bad, but not especially good. Certainly better than The Society's cheaper options, but not really good enough."
Mr Kenneth Allinson (24-Feb-2013)
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