Fonseca, Vintage Port

Fonseca, Vintage Port, 2000

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    Port Blend Red 100%
  • Rating

    RP 99, WS 98

Dense, brooding and massive dark blackberry and blackcurrant aromas. Compact and concentrated, this shows exceptional purity.

The wine has an array of heady herbal aromas, discreet notes of exotic wood, marzipan and plum, and graphite-laced minerality. Solid, well-integrated tannins give volume and firmness to dense black fruit flavours, with dark chocolate and liquorice notes. Shows the classic opulence of Fonseca.

About Fonseca

Fonseca is a Port house renowned for consistency in quality and the lush, exotic style of its vintage releases. Encompassing three quintas across the Douro region, the house makes a variety of styles, ranging from the reserve ruby, Bin 27, to white ports and Tawny ports of various ages. Fonseca's vintage releases are the most notable, however, and several vintages have attracted 100-point ratings from major wine critics. In years deemed not good enough for the top port, a earlier-drinking port called Guimaraens Vintage is made.

The three quintas, or vineyard estates, are located in the Cima Corgo. Two of them, Quinta do Cruzeiro and Quinta de Santo António, are in the Pinhão Valley and have supplied Fonseca with grapes for over a century. The former is associated with providing tannic backbone and dense black fruit to the vintage port, while the latter estate provides aromatic complexity. Quinta do Panascal in the Távora Valley is a newer purchase and gives rich, jammy flavours and texture. It is also the source for the Single Quinta Vintage wine which bears its name.

Fonseca was founded in 1815 by the Fonseca and Monteiro families, with the Guimaraens family taking over during the second half of the 19th Century. In 1949, the company was sold to Taylor, Fladgate & Yeatman which had loaned Fonseca considerable sums since the outbreak of war in 1939. Despite this ownership, Fonseca is run as a separate entity and various members of the Guimaraens family have held key positions ever since.

Grape variety
Port Blend Red

Red Port is blended together using a number of grape varieties. The precise identity of these, and the proportion each represents in the final blend, may not be known even to the winemaker.

About Porto

Oporto (Porto), Portugal's second-largest city, is the spiritual home of Port wine. Located in northern Portugal, Oporto marks the point at which the Douro river flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Oporto has been of great historical importance to the European wine trade since the Anglo-Franco trade wars of the 17th century. During that time the London market developed a taste for the dark 'blackstrap' wines that were shipped out of the city. The old Oporto city centre is a classified Unesco World Heritage Site.

Greater Oporto includes the historic city of Vila Nova de Gaia, on the southern banks of the Douro. Here, Port was traditionally shipped in casks down the Douro to be stored in lodges for aging until ready to export. Since the construction of hydroelectric dams further up the river, it is not possible for flat-bottomed barco rabelo boats to travel to and from the Port estates. Consequently, Port casks are now transported by truck, though the aging process remains unchanged.

In the early days, Port wines were dry and astringent, as brandy was added to the finished wine to stabilize it before it was shipped to London. The modern style of Port can be traced back to 1678, when the Abbot of Lamego was adding brandy to the wine before it had finished fermenting. By arresting fermentation, he could retain the natural sweetness of the ultra-ripe grapes and create a fortified wine capable of improving with age.

Over the next 50 years, the style became so popular that demand for Port spawned various imitations and shortcuts. One of the most famously documented liberties taken with Port production during that time was using elderberry juice to add depth of colour and flavour to otherwise vapid wines. The practice was eventually outlawed and by 1756 regional boundaries and rules had been established to govern port production.

The year 1933 was important for the port trade: the Port Wine Shippers' Guild and the Port Wine Institute were established to promote and control the quality of exported wines. The Port Wine Institute started grading port estates based on their location, soil type, age of vines and grape varieties grown. Classifications ranging from A to F were awarded to each estate based on the final score. This system is still in place today, though now administered by the Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e Porto (IVDP), established in 2003.

Regular price $916.00

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