Capela da Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port 2017
97-99 points, “I thought the regular Vesuvio was concentrated and powerful. This kicks it to the curb in those senses and takes no prisoners. In other words, it is spectacular.” – Wine Advocate
This will probably be one of the must-have wines of the vintage. Capela da Quinta do Vesuvio is immense, but note that as Wine Advocate point out, it’s “a superstar in the making” and will require patience and a cellar. If you are looking for a gift bottle with the longevity to last 50 years or more, then you’ve found it. Only 472 cases were made and most of those have already disappeared from the marketplace. A field blend from the extremely old vines that surround the estate’s chapel, it’s a mesmerising wine packed with potential and power, not to mention strawberry, blackberry, beefy Sunday roast gravy, Liquorice Allsorts, rooibos tea, lavender, spice, menthol and slate. Wow, just wow.
The yields in 2017 for Port were very low, but the quality of the wine was immensely high. According to Wine Advocate they offer “old-school power, concentration, freshness, lifted fruit and vivid flavours. The only vintage in the last decade that competes with it is 2011.” This is high praise, considering that 2011 is the highest rated year ever for Vintage Port according to Wine Advocate. It’s that freshness that makes this such a great vintage and explains why so much of it was snapped up immediately during a hard-fought En Primeur campaign. Demand for these cases will be immense, so don’t expect them to hang around for long.
The Symington family acquired the historic and picturesque Quinta do Vesuvio 30 years ago. Although they’ve made significant investment in this prestigious estate, things are still done very traditionally with 50 treaders employed to stomp the grapes in granite lagares. Established in 1565 Quinta do Vesuvio boasts some of the finest terroir in Douro and shouldn’t be missed by Port lovers. The Symington family compare the 2017 vintage to 1945, widely considered to be one of the greatest vintages the region has ever seen. And they should know what they are talking about because, not only are they the world’s leading producer of premium Port, but they are also the biggest vineyard owner in the Douro Valley – a UNESCO World Heritage Site of jaw-dropping beauty.£20 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3102236
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