Warres Port

Warres 2020 Vinhas Velhas Vintage Port 3x 75cl En Primeur

£368.00

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Warre's 2020 "Vinhas Velhas" Vintage Port, 350th Anniversary Edition, 3x 75cl, En Primeur

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Symington Family Estates:

The 2020 vintage was the smallest harvest this century and produced incredibly concentrated, well-structured, dark wines in very low quantities – with the most outstanding wines originating from the Cima Corgo sub-region of the Douro. We have chosen to do an exceptional bottling and limited release of two special edition Vintage Ports from Graham’s and Warre’s – drawn exclusively from a few of the best performing parcels from their estates in the Cima Corgo. These special Vintage Ports mark the historic milestones in 2020 of Graham’s 200th anniversary and Warre’s 350th anniversary.

Harvest: 

In 2020, the Douro experienced the hottest July on record, with temperatures recorded at 3.5°C above the average. The region saw heat waves in June, August, and September which registered multi-day heat spikes above the 30-year average maximum temperatures. As a result, yields were substantially reduced compared to our July forecasts – around 40% down at some of our estates. The harvest itself was unlike any other in recent memory. Grape varieties that usually ripen sequentially needed to be picked at the same time – most noticeably, the Touriga Nacional with the typically late ripening Touriga Franca. Drawing on our family’s multi-generational knowledge of our estates, we adapted to the conditions and harvested the grapes with precision. We picked parcels by their altitude and cooler-facing aspects, and co-fermented varieties together. After reviewing the top wines from our finest estates across the Douro, it was clear that the Cima Corgo produced wines of extraordinary quality in minute quantities. We have therefore decided to do an exceptional bottling of two limited edition Vintage Ports from Graham’s and Warre’s – celebrating their respective 200th and 350th anniversaries in 2020.

The Wine:

Warre’s 2020 "Vinhas Velhas" Vintage Port is made exclusively from the deep-rooted, horse-ploughed, 80 to 100-year-old mixed vines (field blend) at two of Warre’s estates: Quinta da Cavadinha (53%) and Quinta do Retiro (47%). These magnificent old vines produced just 380g per vine at Cavadinha and 240g per vine at Retiro. It took three vines to produce one bottle of this Vintage Port – typically it requires just one vine. The cooler aspect of these two estates were of great benefit in 2020 and the old vines were incredibly resilient. This is the first time we have produced a Warre’s Vintage Port exclusively from the old vines at two of our estates. The wine is intensely fruit-driven with unparalleled concentration and elegance that belies the conditions of the year.

Tasting note: Exultant freshness reveals an incredible range of floral, fruit and herbal aromas, including rose, lavender, cloves, blackberries, and notes of mango. This is a wine that woos and seduces with its elegance and irresistible charm. On the palate it is concentrated and multilayered with the fine-grained tannins underscoring the many dimensions of this beautifully structured, complex wine.

 

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Availability:
This wine is sold En Primeur. Duty, Vat, and Delivery, are due on delivery. Please see our En Primeur Pages for details.
Size:
3 x 75cl
ABV:
20%
Vintage:
2020
Closure:
Cork