2016 SMITH WOODHOUSE Vintage Port Bottle
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Closure Type: Cork
"This is extremely floral with dark fruit and plum character. Full-bodied, very tight and focused. It's a complete young vintage Port that is great from start to finish. Rio Torto fruit makes this great! Better in 2022. James Suckling.
The Symington family, the owner of 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. Smith Woodhouse has a long association with one of the Douro Valley’s finest areas, the Rio Torto Valley, from where it has traditionally sourced grapes for its premium wines, particularly for its Vintage Ports. As a specialist producer, Smith Woodhouse possesses an in-depth knowledge of this area’s terroirs, and the core of its wines come from the Madalena vineyard, set in the very heart of the Rio Torto. The maturation pattern in the Torto Valley is typically later than in most of the other areas of the Douro region, bringing about an extended ripening cycle, which produces very well balanced wines with superb aromas and great finesse.
Aromas suggesting bergamot and tea-leaf, as well as floral aromas of rockrose and violets. Substantial on the palate, showing ripe, black fruit and liquorice. The seamless, peppery tannins give freshness and excellent structure.
Grape variety percentages: Touriga Nacional – 62%, Touriga Franca – 21%, Sousão – 9%, Alicante Bouschet – 8%