The first Vargellas Vinha Velha ever made. At the 1995 harvest, it was decided, exceptionally, to single out the best vines of the vinha velha and...

Vargellas Vinha Velha1995

The first Vargellas Vinha Velha ever made. At the 1995 harvest, it was decided, exceptionally, to single out the best vines of the vinha velha and pick their grapes separately. This rare wine represents the quintessence of one of the world’s great vineyards.

An unseasonably hot spring resulted in early budding and by mid April the vines were showing good growth. Conditions for flowering in May were near perfect. A cool early summer was followed by very high temperatures in August. 

Picking started at Vargellas on 13th September, a week later than most of the region. Conditions were perfect and the highest sugar readings in years were recorded. Due to the cool temperatures the fermentation periods were longer than usual ensuring a great extraction of fruit, flavour and colour.

 

TASTING NOTES

Deep ruby-brick with some development on the rim. A multi-dimensional wine, evolving now from youth to maturity. Jammy fruit, herbal fragrances and a powerful violet scent. Palate quite lean but with typical Vargellas backbone.

ACCOLADES

A gloriously crafted young Port, new from Taylor. Ancient vines from Vargellas. Inky-colored, with wonderful spice, plum and berry aromas....

Score: 95
01-04-1998 James Suckling, Wine Spectator

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