The Symington family declares 2016 a Vintage Port year

The Symington family has declared 2016 a Vintage Port year, marking the fourth vintage declaration only for all of its Port companies since 2000 and the first since “the magnificent” 2011.

The company said the 2015/ 16 winter was wetter than average, which provided a “vital counterbalance” to the hot Douro summer. It noted that some started picking during the hot September but it said “it was clear to those who were properly monitoring their vines that the grapes were not ready”. The Symington family delayed harvesting until September 19 and noted that “invaluable rain” fell on 12th and 13th of the month. The best Touriga Nacional from the company was not harvested until the 26th and the late-ripening Touriga Franca only during the first ten days of October.

All of the 2016 Symington Vintage Ports are made from the company’s own Quinta vineyards and all were made in its five small lagar wineries, using the classic treading method for Port.

A spokesperson for the company said: “The 2016 Vintage Ports are exceptional with tannins that are among the most refined ever, supporting beautiful red-fruit flavours with extraordinary intense, purple colour. They have impressive structure and balance, with Baumes, acidity, tannins and colour in rare and perfect alignment. This is no doubt a result of the later ripening cycle, which allowed out grapes to mature evenly and completely. Production of each of our 2016 Vintage Ports is approximately one fifth below our previous declared Vintage following rigorous selection in the tasting room.”

The company has a range of Port brands including Graham's, Warre's, Dow's and Cockburn’s. 

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