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2016 Fonseca Vintage Port (6x75cl)

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Order now for delivery in November 2018

“If you were to write a recipe which included the finest ingredients possible to make a perfect vintage Port, then the 2016 vintage had each component in abundance." Matthew Jukes, May 2018

Product Information

Established as a port company in 1815, Fonseca is noted for the stylistic consistency of its Vintage Ports which have been made by five generations of the Guimaraens family since its foundation. Its Vintage Ports are noted for their expressive, luscious fruitiness, which develops great opulence and complexity with age, as well as a voluptuous roundness on the palate supported by velvety mouth-filling tannins. Although they are capable of ageing for decades, the exuberant fruitiness of the Fonseca Vintage Ports makes them immensely enjoyable when young. Fonseca undoubtedly belongs in the first rank of vintage port houses. James Suckling, the distinguished wine critic and author of the most authoritative book to date on Vintage Port described Fonseca as the ‘Bentley’ of Vintage Port - the wine of the enthusiast and connoisseur.

Tasting Notes

Dense purple black with a narrow purple rim. The nose opens with very fine pure black fruit, a fusion of black cherry, cassis and blackberry jam aromas, with notes of crushed mint, an ethereal fragrance of violets and undertones of ripe tropical fruit. The year has added an additional layer of purity and refinement to the subtle, complex Fonseca fruit character, as well as an attractive minerality. The palate is supported by a vibrant acidity and taut, wiry tannins that provide structure but also texture and volume. The fresh berry flavours carry into the long finish. A finely crafted and perfectly balanced Vintage Port.

How to Serve

Blue veined and other richly flavoured cheeses are an excellent accompaniment. Alternatively, simply savour the rich and complex flavours of the wine on their own in a generously proportioned glass with good company.

Accolades

"Lots of ripe fruit here with raisins and wet earth that turn to violets and hot stones. Full-bodied, tannic and powerful with fantastic grip and intensity. Grabs you. Impressive." 98/100, James Suckling, May 2018

"More muted and less engaging than some, this is a powerful and slightly introverted wine with seriously impressive detail and a distinguished air.  The tannins are present and they warn the taster that unlike the majority of the wines at this tasting Fonseca will require more patience to allow it to slowly come to life." 18.5+/20, Matthew Jukes, May 2018

Categories

Port, Vintage Port, Gifts, Christening Gifts

Country of Origin

Portugal

Region

Douro Valley

ABV

20%

Closure

Cork

Decant

Yes

Gift Boxed

No

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT AVAILABILITY OF THESE WINES IS LIMITED. ANYONE WE ARE UNABLE TO SUPPLY WILL RECEIVE A FULL REFUND.