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.
Such was the quality in the Cima Corgo, that we have also chosen to bottle and release a small quantity of Dow’s Quinta do Bomfim Vintage Port. Quinta Vintage Ports from Cockburn’s Quinta dos Canais and Dow’s Senhora da Ribeira have been bottled, and these will age in our cellars for future release.
Graham’s 2020 Vintage Port is drawn from high altitude and north-west facing vines across three of Graham’s four estates – Quinta dos Malvedos (55%), Quinta da Vila Velha (25%), & Quinta do Tua (20%).
This Vintage Port is a unique blend of co-fermented Touriga Nacional & Touriga Franca | co-fermented Sousão & Touriga Nacional (from the prized Stone Terraces at Malvedos) | Old mixed vines (field blend) | Alicante Bouschet.
The result is an extraordinarily opulent, intense, and fresh Vintage Port. While it has the classic Graham’s hallmarks, the wine is marked by a unique aromatic complexity and beautifully layered fruit.
Limited En primeur release: 3,000 bottles (75cl)Find out more about Graham's 2020 Vintage Port here.
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.
Limited En primeur release: 2,400 bottles (75cl)
Dow’s Quinta do Bomfim 2020 Vintage Port is produced from the high-lying vineyards at the estate, where the Touriga Franca performed particularly well, showing great resilience to the heat of the year. Yields averaged 660g per vine, delivering structured wines with an extraordinary depth of fruit.
This Quinta Vintage Port is made up of Touriga Franca (55%), Touriga Nacional (25%) and a significant proportion of Sousão (20%) for its high natural acidity.
With its concentrated ripe black fruit, balanced by a shaft of acidity and Dow’s signature long dry finish, this wine represents the essence of Quinta do Bomfim’s unique terroir.
Limited En primeur release: 1,200 bottles (75cl)Find out more about Dow's Quinta do Bomfim 2020 Vintage Port here.
To be aged in our cellars for future release.Find out more about Dow's Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira 2020 Vintage Port here.
To be aged in our cellars for future release.Find out more about Cockburn's Quinta dos Canais 2020 Vintage Port here.