A wet 1999 vintage was followed by a cold and dry winter. April and May were very wet with half the annual rainfall falling in these two months....

Vargellas Vinha Velha2000

A wet 1999 vintage was followed by a cold and dry winter. April and May were very wet with half the annual rainfall falling in these two months. June and July were dry.

August continued dry, with the first half being extremely hot. The end of August and early September had perfect ripening conditions with long warm days. The resulting wines were big and full bodied with intense colour and very attractive aromas.

Less than four pipes were made of this vintage.

 

TASTING NOTES

Deep purple black colour with a vivid magenta rim. Heady, potent nose of concentrated blackcurrant and plum, with notes of liquorice, coffee, spice and leather. A wine of massive scale, depth and background. Crammed with thick sinewy tannins, the palate has the dense, close-grained texture which is the hallmark of the Vinha Velha vintages. The wine abounds with rich juicy, grapey flavour that fills the mouth and lingers on the incredibly long succulent finish. A muscular titan of a wine which overshadows most other vintage ports of the harvest.

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Taylor Fladgate`s Quinta de Vargellas Vinha Velha gives most of the top wines of 1994 a run for their money.

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