It is tradition for the members of the Fladgate Partnership to declare whether they will release a Vintage Port on St George’s Day and we are very pleased to announce that Taylor’s, Fonseca and Croft will be releasing a selection of their Ports from the 2018 vintage.
Following the “back-to-back” declarations of both 2016 and 2017 vintages as “Classic” for all three Houses the harvest of 2018 has produced an unusual situation with Taylor’s declaring a ‘Classic Vintage’, something that neither Fonseca or Croft are doing. Commenting on the decision, Taylor’s managing director, Adrian Bridge said, “This is a year in which overall conditions were excellent but exceptional in the Douro Superior. As Taylor’s is the only one of our companies with extensive land holdings in this part of the Douro, it has been able to make a Classic. All our properties are always farmed so that every grape has the potential of being made into Vintage Port.”
Fonseca will release a 2018 Guimaraens Vintage Port, the first bottling under the Guimaraens label since 2015. David Guimaraens added, “I believe that the 2018 is one of the finest recent examples of a Guimaraens Vintage, with its rich, dense woodland fruit and sturdy but well integrated tannins.”
Croft will release a 2018 Single Quinta Vintage Port from its historic Quinta da Roêda estate, renowned as the “Jewel of the Douro”. Adrian Bridge commented, “The Quinta da Roêda 2018 delivers the characteristic ripe fruit and scented quality which are the hallmark of the Roêda wines together with the taut tannins and freshness of the year.”
Commenting generally on the year, David Guimaraens noted, “The 2018 harvest has produced outstanding Vintage Ports, although the year was not without its challenges. These included the severe hailstorm which devastated many Pinhão Valley vineyards on 28th May including those of Taylor’s Quinta do Junco.” He added, “It is important to note that the 2018 wines have the highest colour intensity of recent vintages, always a sign of good extraction and longevity.”