The Symington family is pleased to announce our decision to declare 2016 as a Vintage Port year. This is only the fourth Vintage declaration for all our Port companies since 2000 and the first since the magnificent 2011’s. Few wine regions anywhere restrict Vintage Years with such meticulous care and only truly exceptional Ports are declared in this way.
The 2016 Vintage Ports are exceptional with tannins that are amongst the most refined ever, supporting beautiful red-fruit flavours with extraordinary purple intense colours. They have impressive structure and balance, with baumés, acidity, tannins and colour in rare and perfect alignment. This is no doubt a result of the late ripening cycle which allowed our grapes to mature evenly and completely. Production of each of our 2016 Vintage Ports is approximately 1/5th below our previous declared Vintage following rigorous selection in the tasting room.
The 2016 Graham’s Vintage Port will now follow in the footsteps of the legendary W & J Graham’s Vintages produced over the last two hundred years. Like most parts of the world, the Douro has not been isolated from the effects of climate change, and unusual weather conditions over recent years have often departed from those typically associated with classic vintage years. Fortunately, in 2016 the stars aligned and the year brought superbly structured and balanced wines, allowing us to announce a full vintage declaration.
Only 6,325 nine litre cases were bottled.Find out more about Graham's 2016 Vintage Port here.
It has been a long wait since 2011, a Vintage which garnered worldwide recognition for Dow’s when Wine Spectator named it No1 Wine of The Year and which followed the remarkable Dow 2007 100-point result in the Wine Spectator. In 2016, perfect conditions enabled the production of an outstanding wine and one that will enhance the great Dow’s Vintage Port tradition.
Only 5,480 nine litre cases were bottled.Find out more about Dow's 2016 Vintage Port here.
2016 will be remembered as a year that produced wines of remarkable structure, balance and elegance, a profile which closely matches Warre’s traditional Vintage Port style. Words such as charm, grace, finesse and elegance are rarely absent in descriptions and reviews of Warre’s superb Vintage Ports, be they from the 19th, 20th or 21st centuries.
Only 4,250 nine litre cases were bottled.Find out more about Warre's 2016 Vintage Port here.
The 2016 is the third Cockburn’s Vintage Port declaration under Symington ownership. Since acquiring the historic name in 2010, the family has worked hard to recover the reputation that made Cockburn’s the leading Vintage Port in the 19th century and during the first half of the 20th.
Only 2,450 nine litre cases were bottled.Find out more about Cockburn's 2016 Vintage Port here.
This is only the third ‘Stone Terraces’ Vintage Port produced by Graham’s. The previous bottlings in 2011 and 2015 have received extremely positive critical acclaim. Yields on these vineyards are rarely above 1.5Kg/vine. There can be few wines in the world made with such concentrated grapes whilst displaying such charm and finesse, with no over-ripeness and a remarkably fresh acidic finish.
Only 450 nine litre cases were bottled.Find out more about Graham's The Stone Terraces 2016 Vintage Port here.
The Symington family are pleased to announce the declaration of the 2016 Vintage Port from the iconic Quinta do Vesuvio estate in the remote upper reaches of the Douro Valley. This wine is made in granite lagares with teams of 50 foot treaders, faithful to a tradition dating back to the Romans.
Only 1,220 nine litre cases were bottled.Find out more about Quinta do Vesuvio 2016 Vintage Port here.
The Capela do Vesuvio (Vesuvio Chapel) is only made in years of exceptional quality. The 2016 is just the third Capela Vintage Port to be released, since its debut Vintage in 2007. Like its two predecessors, it is from a year that has merited a full declaration. Capela do Vesuvio reflects the Symington family’s detailed knowledge of the vineyards that make up the majestic Vesuvio estate and the wines are crafted from vineyard to bottle in tiny quantities.
Only 3,000 bottles have been released.Find out more about Capela da Quinta do Vesuvio 2016 Vintage Port here.
In accordance with a policy of releasing Vintage Ports only in outstanding years, Bruno Prats and the Symington family are proud to announce the release of a 2016 Vintage Port from Quinta de Roriz. This is the second declared Vintage Port made at Quinta de Roriz by the Prats & Symington partnership, since taking ownership of the historic property in 2009.
Only 390 nine litre cases were bottled.Find out more about Quinta de Roriz 2016 Vintage Port here.
Smith Woodhouse, is pleased to announce that it has decided to declare the 2016 Vintage, just the third Vintage Port release from Smith Woodhouse in the last decade. As in previous Vintage Port declarations, this is a very small bottling and represents the very best production from Smith Woodhouse’s own Quinta da Madalena vineyard.
Only 1,500 nine litre cases were bottled.Find out more about Smith Woodhouse 2016 Vintage Port here.