We are very pleased to announce the launch of our 2018 Vintage Ports, which will be launched in a world-first for the Port trade via a live video presentation on Thursday 14th May. Buyers, journalists and Port lovers can register for the launch via: bit.ly/symington-2018-vintage.
We have produced small quantities of Vintage Port from six of our principal Quintas in 2018 and we have selected two to release en primeur this year – Quinta do Vesuvio and Dow’s Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira. Both are situated in the Douro Superior on opposite sides of the river, one north-facing, the other south-facing. These estates delivered unique expressions of the lifted aromas that characterise the year.
The other Quinta Vintage Ports produced in 2018 – Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos, Dow’s Quinta do Bomfim, Warre’s Quinta da Cavadinha and Cockburn’s Quinta dos Canais – will age in our cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia for future release.
The 2018 Single Quinta Vintage Ports are the result of a rollercoaster growing season – with a prolonged winter drought, a deluge in spring, and heatwaves through the final ripening period. Despite the challenges, the 2018 wines are characterised by a well-defined acidity and marked freshness, reflecting the characteristics of specific parcels of vineyard within each estate. The star of the year was the late-maturing Touriga Franca, which excelled in the warm harvest. Yields were extremely low with just 950g per vine – 11% below the 10-year average from our vineyards – resulting in wines with stunning concentration.
Considered to be one of the most magnificent estates in the Douro Valley, Quinta do Vesuvio is the last major property in the region to produce its Ports exclusively using the traditional method of treading in granite lagares – an unbroken tradition since the winery was built in 1827.
2018 delivered a notably more elegant Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port with incredible concentration on the palate, beautifully balanced by the freshness from the high-lying Touriga Nacional and Sousão.
965 cases (9L) bottled
Just 3% of Quinta do Vesuvio total production
Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira is one of the classic riverside Douro Quintas and has belonged to Dow’s Port since 1890. Famous for being one of the two principal estates that make up the legendary Dow’s Vintage Ports, the Quinta is also renowned for producing magnificent Single Quinta Vintage Ports.
The late-ripening Touriga Franca from the south-facing ‘Pedreira’ vineyards thrived in the warm harvest in 2018. The warmer conditions in 2018 are reflected in a much riper style of Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira Vintage Port with more muscular and generous black fruit flavours.
510 cases (9L) bottled
Just 8% of Senhora da Ribeira total production
Quinta dos Malvedos has been the cornerstone of Graham’s Vintage Ports ever since it was acquired in 1890. The Quinta still contains large areas of traditional vineyard laid out on terraces supported by dry-stone walls, which face north-east, east and west, giving the estate wines a unique identity.
The floral and aromatic Touriga Nacional from the stone terraced vineyards thrived in 2018, delivering the estate’s signature eucalyptus and mint notes, with a long and generous velvety finish.
To be aged in our cellars for future release.Find out more about Graham's Quinta dos Malvedos 2018 Vintage Port here.
One of the finest Douro estates, Quinta do Bomfim is at the heart of Dow’s, providing the main structure for its legendary Vintage Ports since 1896. The estate is situated in the Upper Douro Valley with schist slopes arranged in vineyard terraces, which have yielded Dow’s most memorable wines for over a century.
The warm final ripening period in 2018 produced Bomfim’s classic ripe fruit aromas of blackberries and cassis, with its signature long and dry finish, holding the wine together in perfect balance.
To be aged in our cellars for future release.Find out more about Dow's Quinta do Bomfim 2018 Vintage Port here.
Quinta da Cavadinha is the foundation of Warre’s Vintage Ports. A considerable proportion of the estate is made up of old, mixed vineyards, some of which are over half a century old. Yields are rarely above 1kg/vine and these grapes provide superb complexity and structure to the wines.
The estate’s east-facing and high-lying vineyards played an important role in balancing the wines from 2018, with a well-defined acidity. This wine delivers the Quinta’s signature elegance with lavender notes and great length.
To be aged in our cellars for future release.Find out more about Warre's Quinta da Cavadinha 2018 Vintage Port here.
Quinta dos Canais is laid out on a natural amphitheatre overlooking a pronounced bend in the Douro River. The estate has a large proportion of mature Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca which provide an essential component of Cockburn’s Vintage Ports.
This 2018 Vintage Port is characterised by the estate’s signature aromas of esteva and cinnamon, delivered by the mature Touriga Nacional vines. With the warm final ripening period and low yields in 2018, the wine expresses a wonderful ripeness and concentration.
To be aged in our cellars for future release.Find out more about Cockburn's Quinta dos Canais 2018 Vintage Port here.