Offley, 2016

Vintage Port - 6x75cl Bottle Case

Bottle size: 75cl

ABV: 20%

Price:

£270.00

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Description


Offley are delighted to announce a full declaration for our 2016 vintage port.It has been five years since the last release, but according to winemaker Luis Sottomayor, “As soon as the grapes arrived at our winery, we knew this was the best we had seen since the last declaration in 2011”.

Vintage Report
2016 will go down in Port Wine’s history as a top-quality vintage. An unusual year in terms of weather, a mild and dry winter gave way to a persistently wet spring putting the potential for a high-quality harvest in doubt. A mild summer with the occasional heatwave rescued the year with a perfect balance of daytime heat and night-time cold allowing the grapes to mature slowly.


Vinification
The finest grapes from properties around Pinhão, in the Cima Corgo, were destemmed and gently crushed before undergoing an intense maceration in temperature controlled, granite lagares. When the wine had reached a perfect balance treading stopped and fermentation was halted by fortification. Resting in the Douro over the winter it was then racked and transported to Offley’s cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia where it was aged in oak casks. The final blend was made from a careful selection of the finest casks.


Tasting notes
The wine has a dense, almost black colour. The aromas are of ripe black fruit, spice, black pepper, clove and cigar box. On the palate it is powerful with firm, ripe tannins and a well-integrated acidity. It has a long and impressive finish where black fruit and spice flavours linger.

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