Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port 2017
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The year we are bottling the Quinta do Vesuvio 2017 Vintage Port marks the 30th anniversary of our family’s acquisition of this historic property. In the three decades under Symington family ownership, substantial investments have been made in the vineyards and Quinta do Vesuvio has built a global reputation as a single-estate producer of fine Vintage Ports and, more recently, fine Douro red wines.
Although 2017 was one of the driest and hottest years ever recorded in the Douro Valley, being on the south bank of the Douro River, Vesuvio’s vineyards were well placed as they face predominantly north and northwest with altitudes reaching up to 500 metres above sea level. These cooler aspects served them well in the challenging conditions of 2017.
Despite the heat, which was a constant throughout 2017 in the Douro, Quinta do Vesuvio fared better than most with less pronounced temperature deviations from the norm, especially during the spring. This factor went some way towards mitigating the lack of water. This pattern continued through the summer where temperatures, although high, were fortunately a little below the seasonal average — more so than in many other areas of the Douro.
We began to handpick the grapes at Quinta do Vesuvio on August 28th, the earliest starting vintage ever recorded there. This was not unexpected given the advanced growing and ripening cycle. There were very good signs that the time was right to pick, with good graduations and good phenolic ripeness providing very positive indicators. The excellent quality of the Touriga Nacional, Sousão and Alicante Bouschet entering the Vesuvio winery became evident in the first fermentations in the lagares where the deep colour of the musts and the very fine aromas showed great promise.
Concentration, intensity and impressive structure are the prominent features of the Quinta do Vesuvio 2017 Vintage Port. However, of equal note is the incredible freshness that belies belief in such a hot and dry year, and this shows in the exceptional poise and balance of the wine.
This is a powerful, attention-grabbing wine, with taut muscularity. It offers magnificent aromas of rockrose, mint and hints of ginger. The substantial palate is full with expressive black fruit notes lifted by peppery schist tannins. The long, lingering aftertaste indicates impressive ageing potential.