Like those of Vargellas, the wines of the beautiful old property of Terra Feita are an essential component of the Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port blend. The wines of Terra Feita express sensuous hedonism and earthiness. Their dense blackberry and cassis fruitiness is overlaid with wild herbal aromas, tarry notes of liquorice and tobacco and a palate crammed with thick mouth filling tannins. It is the harmony and tension between the contrasting styles of these two great properties which fundamentally define the character of Taylor Fladgate’s Vintage Ports.
Quinta de Terra Feita is located on the west bank of the River Pinhão, the narrow tributary which winds north to south through a sinuous steep-sided valley before flowing into the Douro at the village of Pinhão. The Pinhão Valley is one of the most historically important areas of the Douro. In the heart of the original 1756 demarcation, it has been recognised as a source of the very finest Ports since the origins of the Port trade and its steep terraced hillsides are ringed with well known properties.
In certain years, however, when a Taylor Fladgate Vintage is not declared, the best port wines of Terra Feita have traditionally been bottled as a ‘single Quinta’ vintage port.
These vintages were initially bottled for the partners’ own cellar. However Taylor Fladgate was later to become the earliest shipper to develop a market for this increasingly important category of single quinta vintage port. The wines are normally released when ready to drink – at least ten years after the harvest.