Taylor's / 2018 Vintage Port 6 x 75cl IN BOND.

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6 x 75cl Bottle
97 Points / Neal Martin Vinous.
Taylor's / 2018 Vintage Port


ABV: 20%

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Taylor’s has announced that it will release a classic Taylor’s Vintage Port from 2018. Comments are as follows:.

ADRIAN BRIDGE, MANAGING DIRECTOR: “Although a Classic declaration normally only  happens about three times a decade, the exceptional  run of years has meant that Taylor’s has been able  to make a third in a row. This is very unusual but  our principle is that we declare a Classic Vintage  when the quality is there. This is dictated by the  year, not by any other consideration. All our  properties are farmed so that every grape has the  potential to become Vintage Port. In 2018, overall  conditions were excellent but in the Douro Superior  they were exceptional. Taylor’s Quinta de Vargellas  produced outstanding wines. In view of the current  economic situation, we will bottle in July as usual  but will not release the wine until early 2021”. 

DAVID GUIMARAENS, HEAD WINE MAKER: “The 2018 viticultural cycle had a challenging start  but, as the harvest drew nearer, the conditions for  making outstanding Vintage Port all fell into place.  This was particularly true of the Douro Superior,  which enjoyed the combination of intense summer  heat and abundant groundwater which often  produces great Vintage Port. It gave us the excellent  phenolic maturity typical of a hot ripening season  but the elegance and fresh acidity we normally  associate with cooler years. What stands out in the Taylor’s 2018 are its impressive, linear tannins, its  depth of aroma and its wonderfully complex  multi-layered fruit.”

TASTING NOTES: Impressive purple-black core with a narrow purple  rim. An intense burst of powerful woodland fruit, a  dense coulis of blackberry and blackcurrant, almost  overwhelms the nose. The black fruit aromas are  infused with discreet notes of cherry and mocha.  As would be expected of Taylor’s, the fruit is very  fine and focused, but the year seems to have given  it an additional layer of density and weight. A  familiar veil of violet scent hangs over the wine,  together with a fragrance of rose petal and wild,  minty herbal aromas. On the palate, the wine has  beautifully ripe tannins, which integrate perfectly  into the mid-palate, providing both structure and  volume, and then break out on the finish with a firm  wiry, grip. The palate closes with a powerful tide of  fresh, complex fruit flowing endlessly through the  finish. In the 2018, the Taylor traits of fine fruit  and inner power combine seamlessly with the  ripeness and depth typical of the vintage.

NOTES ON THE 2018 VITICULTURAL YEAR AND HARVEST: The 2018 vineyard cycle was unusual and had a marked effect on the character of the wine. The previous year had been very dry and hot and by 15th January nearly two thirds of the country was suffering from drought, the Douro Valley being one of the worst affected areas. Luckily, heavy rainfall in March avoided damage to the vines and replenished ground water reserves. The growing season from March until the end of June was relatively cold and wet, bringing mildew in some areas. Devastating hailstorms on 28th May caused extensive damage to vineyards in the Pinhão area, including Taylor’s Quinta do Junco. The development of the vines was about three weeks behind that of 2017, flowering occurring in late May and véraison in the last week of July. Dry, warm conditions prevailed throughout July followed by a wave of very intense heat in August. On 3rd August, the weather station at Taylor’s Quinta de Vargellas recorded a temperature of just over 44°C. The extreme heat allowed the vines to make up some lost time and the abundant groundwater accumulated earlier in the year meant that, in spite of the hot conditions, ripening of the crop was gradual and balanced. Picking at Quinta de Vargellas began on 17th September in hot, dry weather which continued for the duration of the harvest. Yields were very low and winemakers’ notes report that the new wines displayed elegance, freshness of fruit, good acidity and intense colour.

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