The year of bottling the Quinta do Vesuvio 2017 Vintage Port marks the 30th anniversary of the Symington family’s acquisition of this historic property. In the three decades under Symington family ownership, substantial investments have been made in the vineyards and Quinta do Vesuvio has built a global reputation as a single-estate producer of fine Vintage Ports and, more recently, fine Douro still red wines.
Although 2017 was one of the driest and hottest years ever recorded in the Douro Valley, being on the south bank of the Douro River, Vesuvio’s vineyards were well placed as they face predominantly north and northwest with altitudes reaching up to 500 metres above sea level. These cooler aspects served them well in the challenging conditions of 2017.
Despite the heat, which was a constant throughout 2017 in the Douro, Quinta do Vesuvio fared better than most with less pronounced temperature deviations from the norm, especially during the spring. This factor went some way towards mitigating the lack of water. This pattern continued through the summer where temperatures, although high, were, fortunately, a little below the seasonal average — more so than in many other areas of the Douro. Concentration, intensity, and impressive structure are the prominent features of the Quinta do Vesuvio 2017 Vintage Port. However, of equal note is the incredible freshness that belies belief in such a hot and dry year, and this shows in the exceptional poise and balance of the wine.
This is a powerful, attention-grabbing wine, with taut muscularity. It offers magnificent aromas of rockrose, mint, and hints of ginger. The substantial palate is full of expressive black fruit notes lifted by peppery tannins. The long, lingering aftertaste indicates impressive ageing potential.
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