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2018 Taylor's Vintage Port - 2 Bottles (0.75L)

2018 Taylor's Vintage Port - 2 Bottles (0.75L)

Description
2018 Taylor's Vintage Port - 2 Bottles (0.75L)
In original wooden case - Port - Bottling year: 2020 - Portugal

PLEASE NOTE: This is a recurring auction. Therefor, the ​seal number(s) you see in the photos might differ from the one(s) on your bottle(s).

2018 Taylor´s Vintage Porto
3 Bottles (0.75L)

Note: This lot contains three bottles (although differently shown in the photos).

Score: 19.5
A ‘classic’ declaration from Taylor’s: a blend from Quinta de Vargellas in the Douro Superior (‘the backbone’) and Quintas Terra Feita and Junco in the Pinhão Valley. Deep, scented (violets and esteva or gum cistus), minty too, restrained but already quite expressive; lovely pure mint and berry fruit backed by fine grained tannins which rise in the mouth to a long, level, linear finish. Not especially big but beautifully poised and very elegant. This has all the qualities of a long term keeper. It is already magnificent and will be even more so in 15 to 20 years.

Score: 19.5
23-09-2020
Richard Mayson

DECANTING
Vintage Port forms a natural deposit in the bottle and should be decanted. Stand the bottle upright a few hours before decanting to allow the sediment to fall to the bottom of the bottle.

STORAGE
Continues to improve for decades after bottling. The bottle should be kept lain down in a cool place, ideally at a temperature below 16ºC.

SERVING TEMPERATURE
Serve at 16ºC to 18ºC. Vintage Port is best drunk one to two days after opening.

PAIRING SUGGESTIONS
Walnuts, blue veined and other richly flavoured cheeses are excellent CLASSIC VINTAGE
2018
The 2018 vineyard cycle was unusual and had a marked effect on the character of the wine. The previous year had been very dry and hot and by 15th January nearly two thirds of the country was suffering from drought, the Douro Valley being one of the worst affected areas. Luckily, heavy rainfall in March avoided damage to the vines and replenished ground water reserves. The growing season from March until the end of June was relatively cold and wet, bringing mildew in some areas. Devastating hailstorms on 28th May caused extensive damage to vineyards in the Pinhão area, including Taylor’s Quinta do Junco.

The development of the vines was about three weeks behind that of 2017, flowering occurring in late May and véraison in the last week of July. Dry, warm conditions prevailed throughout July followed by a wave of very intense heat in August. On 3rd August, the weather station at Taylor’s Quinta de Vargellas recorded a temperature of just over 44°C. The extreme heat allowed the vines to make up some lost time and the abundant groundwater accumulated earlier in the year meant that, in spite of the hot conditions, ripening of the crop was gradual and balanced.

Picking at Quinta de Vargellas began on 17th September in hot, dry weather which continued for the duration of the harvest. Yields were very low and winemakers’ notes report that the new wines displayed elegance, freshness of fruit, good acidity and intense colour.

Tasting Notes

Impressive purple-black core with a narrow purple rim. An intense burst of powerful woodland fruit, a dense coulis of blackberry and blackcurrant, almost overwhelms the nose. The black fruit aromas are infused with discreet notes of cherry and mocha. As would be expected of Taylor’s, the fruit is very fine and focused, but the year seems to have given it an additional layer of density and weight. A familiar veil of violet scent hangs over the wine, together with a fragrance of rose petal and wild, minty herbal aromas.

On the palate, the wine has beautifully ripe tannins, which integrate perfectly into the mid-palate, providing both structure and volume, and then break out on the finish with a firm wiry, grip. The palate closes with a powerful tide of fresh, complex fruit flowing endlessly through the finish. In the 2018, the Taylor traits of fine fruit and inner power combine seamlessly with the ripeness and depth typical of the vintag to Vintage Port; so too are dried fruits such as apricots or figs.

Note:
*All Non-EU Countries have to pay an Export or Customs Clearance Fee from € 70.00 always adding that it has to be paid before shipping.
*Shipping price includes special security packaging

Lot details
Type
Port
Vintage
2018
Bottling Year
2020
Producer, Name of wine
Taylor's
Classification
Vintage Port
Number of bottles
2
Bottle size
Bottles (0.75L)
Country
Portugal
Original packaging
In original wooden case
Label Condition
Fully intact, readable label
Critic Score
Richard Mayson 19.50 Ponts
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