In the early 1950’s, the rising demand for Vintage ports led Fonseca Guimaraens to create a second vintage port under the ‘Guimaraens’ label. Blended from slightly less powerful components, Guimaraens Vintage Ports are made in years when the wines are more supple and early maturing.
They are drawn from the produce of the same three estates and differ only in that they are more approachable, ready to drink earlier and for their quality and rarity offer exceptional value. The 1998 growing season started extremely wet but with May came a burst of warmth and the summer was hot and dry with temperatures exceeding 40 º C. These almost perfect growing conditions caused great excitement in the Douro.
The fresh, intoxicating blackberry fruit aromas are enhanced by a wonderfully aromatic, scented quality. A huge amount of depth and backbone to this finely tuned Port. Everything is in harmony and perfect balance. The dark berry fruit flavours marry exquisitely with the tannins, leaving the mouth aching for more. A very fine wine.
How to serve
Walnuts are an excellent accompaniment to Vintage Port, as are blue veined and other richly flavoured cheeses. So too are dried fruits such as apricots or figs. Alternatively, simply savour the rich and complex flavours of the wine on their own in a generously proportioned glass with good company.
James Suckling, Wine Spectator Online, November 2007 – 90 Points “Shows plenty of crushed berry and wet earth character. Full, soft and velvety, with lots of blackberry, licorice and mineral character. A generous fruity style. Very sweet. Best after 2008.”
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