2016 Quinta do Ataide Red, Symington Estates, Douro Valley, Portugal
Made from vineyards in complete contrast to the steeply terraced slopes of the main Douro Valley, where rainfall is low at about 500 mm per year with very cold winters and hot summers. The combination of these factors contributes to the making of an exceptional wine that has wonderful aromas and concentrated colour and flavours, reflecting the Douro’s great winemaking tradition and the unique identity of the Vilariça terroir.
Very attractive aromas of ripe red fruits, scented with red plum and thyme. On the palate, this wine is spicy and savoury, with good weighty flavours balanced with pepper tannins and good acidity.
10 yr old Tawny Port, Feuerheerds, Douro Valley, Portugal
This port has a deep colour with purple hues and reveals a fine and complex nose. On the palate, it has great vibrancy with ripe fruit flavours, black chocolate and black pepper combined harmoniously with well integrated tannins and a velvety texture. Complex and multidimensional, with a deep long finish.
In 1815, German trader Dietrich Matthias Feuerheerd founded the company, by the same name, in Oporto. There he selected and aged the finest blends before shipping them to Northern Europe. The brand became famous for its vintage Ports, which in England became known as 'Anchor Ports', due to the dintinctive logo on the bottle. In 2010, the brand was acquired by Barao de Vilar, giving birth to a new partnership between the Van Zellars and the Barros family, who were determined to revive the the long tradition of quality Feuerheerd Ports. Both families have connections to the wine trade stretching back centuries. Today, the Ports are crafted by head winemaker Alvaro van Zeller, who focuses on creating the finest quality aged-Ports.
2014 Late Bottled Vintage, Feuerheerd's, Douro Valley, Portugal
Feueheerd's are specialists in maturing Ports and releasing them when they are ready to drink, and this 2014 Late Bottled Vintage is a great example. This port is far more serious than many in its price range, with a deep colour with purple hues and revealing a fine and complex nose. On the palate, it has great vibrancy with ripe fruit flavours, black chocolate and black pepper combined harmoniously with well integrated tannins and a velvety texture. Complex and multidimensional, with a deep long finish