With no general vintage declaration for the 2019 vintage in the Douro, several major producers have announced single quinta vintage releases; Symington Family Estates offering two en primeur this May.
- Cases of 2019 Quinta do Vesuvio and Senhora de Ribeira are to be offered en primeur this May, alongside limited edition packs from both featuring back vintages from both properties.
- Single quinta vintages from Graham’s, Warre’s, Cockburn’s, Taylor’s, Fonseca and Croft have also been made but will be kept back for further bottle ageing.
- Quinta do Noval has declared a vintage ‘Nacional’.
Future release dates
Symington Family Estates has announced that 775 (12×75) cases of the 2019 Quinta do Vesúvio and 375 (12×75) cases of the Dow’s Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira will be offered en primeur, as a “celebration” of both properties.
Alongside this offer will be two limited edition sets featuring a bottle each of the 2019, 2009 and 1999 vintages from each quinta, 110 (3×75) cases from Vesúvio and 200 from Senhora da Ribeira.
The wines will be offered in May and released physically later this summer.
Further 2019 wines from Graham’s (Quinta dos Malvedos), Dow’s (Quinta do Bomfim), Warre’s (Quinta da Cavadinha) and Cockburn’s (Quinta dos Canais) will be released following further bottle ageing.
The same is true of Taylor’s 2019 Quinta de Vargellas and Quinta de Terra Feita. Both wines are to be kept back for eight to 10 years to, the producer said: “Help satisfy market demand for mature Single Quinta Vintage Port”.
Quinta do Noval meanwhile has declared a vintage for its ‘Nacional’ label. Managing director Christian Seely said the “perfect conditions” of the growing season had led to a Nacional that was “complex and profound”.
The 2019 also marks the first vintage of Quinta do Passadouro produced by the Noval team. The quinta was acquired by Noval in the same year.