Barros Vintage Port Douro 1996
£244.44 Price Per Case ( 6 Bottles )
Country - Portugal
Region - Douro
Grape Varieties - Touriga Nacional 40%, Tinta Roriz 25%, Tinta Barroca 20%, Tinta Amarela 10%, Other Varieties 5%
Alcohol by volume - 20%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Barros
Tasting notes - With wonderful intensity of colour, the 1996 vintage is full of floral aromas and rich, sweet fruits. The opulent palate explodes with fruit, complexity and structure wrapped in a deep elegance through to an endless finish.
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Lovely balance between power and finesse with a silky texture and beautifully sustained flavours.
Having celebrated their 100th year of trading in 2013, Barros Port is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious companies producing and trading in Port. Much of their success comes from Colheita Ports - old Tawnies from a single year matured in cask for a minimum period of seven years. Their expertise in Colheita Ports has established them as the stand out producer of this style. Barros leaves their Colheita Ports to mature in cask until being hand bottled to order. The loss of wine from evaporation (known as the 'Angel's Share') is much higher in comparison to bottle ageing. It is a sacrifice they are willing to make and one that helps them achieve unsurpassed quality in their Colheita wines. In June 2006, Barros was integrated into the Sogevinus Group who are growing the brand in international markets.
The prolonged drought in parts of southern Portugal broke spectacularly, with high rainfall in the winter of 1995/96. Spring was mild and vine development was gradual resulting in a harvest at the end of September. Careful work in the vineyard ensured the flavours were concentrated in the berries, resulting in a rich, fruity wine.
The vines are grown on terraces cut into the steep hillsides of the Douro Valley; they are planted along the terraces of the greatest slopes, the “Vinha ao Alto”, which translates as "vertically planted vines". The vineyard soils are schist greywacke anteOrdovician, with some granitic formations. This soil is rich in nutrients and has useful water retention properties. Traditionally, the vines in the region are grown low, close to the ground. The single or double Guyot and unilateral and bilateral cordons are the methods most frequently used for training the vines. The grapes are manually harvested at optimum maturity.
The grapes were destemmed, crushed and macerated on the skins in order to obtain the necessary richness, body and fruitiness needed for a vintage Port. Fermentation took place in 'lagares' and vats with constant pump overs during the vinification. Temperatures were controlled and maintained at between 28 to 30°C, until the desired Baumé was reached. At this stage, grape brandy was added, which is known as the ‘benefit’, resulting in a naturally sweet, fortified wine of exceptional quality. Bottled between the second and third year after the harvest.
With wonderful intensity of colour, the 1996 vintage is full of floral aromas and rich, sweet fruits. The opulent palate explodes with fruit, complexity and structure wrapped in a deep elegance through to an endless finish.
Classically matched with mature blue cheese, such as Stilton.
Touriga Nacional 40%, Tinta Roriz 25%, Tinta Barroca 20%, Tinta Amarela 10%, Other Varieties 5%
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- 6 Bottles