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2018 Declarations

Post by AHB » 23:03 Wed 08 Apr 2020

As has become traditional, we will report here any news we become aware of relating to declarations of Vintage Ports from the 2018 vintage.
  • Borges
  • DR Port, from Agri Roncao (250 cases)
  • Kranemann, from Quinta do Convento de Sao Pedro das Aguias
  • Pintas by Wine & Soul
  • Quevedo (420 cases)
  • Quinta da Devesa
  • Quinta da Gricha by Churchill (450 cases)
  • Quinta da Pedra Alta
  • Quinta de la Rosa
  • Quinta do Bom Retiro by Ramos Pinto PT ARTICLE VIDEO
  • Quinta do Javali Maria Luisa (111 cases) announcement
  • Quinta do Noval (1,600 cases)
  • Quinta do Vallado
Gran Cruz:
  • Cruz
  • Dalva
  • Quinto do Ventozelo
Sogevinus:
  • Barros
  • Calem
  • Quinta do Arnozelo from Burmester
  • Quinta Sao Luiz from Kopke
Sogrape:
  • Ferreira (1,200 cases)
  • Offley (850 cases)
  • Sandeman (1,200 cases)
Symington Family Estates:
  • Cockburn Quinta dos Canais (3,000 cases)
  • Dow Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira - (510 cases) to be released in 2020
  • Dow Quinta do Bomfim (400 cases)
  • Graham Quinta dos Malvedos (8,600 cases)
  • Quinta do Vesuvio - (965 cases) to be released in 2020
  • Warre Quinta da Cavadinha (3,000 cases)
The Fladgate Partnership:
  • Fonseca Guimaraens
  • Quinta da Roeda from Croft
  • Taylor (800 cases)
Links to other lists of declarations:
2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
Top Ports in 2019: Niepoort VV (1960s bottling) and Quinta do Noval Nacional 2017
Top Ports in 2020 (so far): Croft 1945 and Niepoort VV (1960s bottling)

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2018 Declarations

Post by rich_n » 17:40 Sat 11 Apr 2020

AHB wrote:As has become traditional, we will report here any news we become aware of relating to declarations of Vintage Ports from the 2018 vintage.

First to declare is Sogrape, who will be releasing Sandeman, Offley and Ferreira.
Well this is good news, I’d like to add Sandeman and Offley to my cellar if the budget allows.

Are there any indications that these are SQVPs? I have no idea what those houses are likely to produce.


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Re: 2018 Declarations

Post by AHB » 12:24 Tue 14 Apr 2020

rich_n wrote:
17:40 Sat 11 Apr 2020
Well this is good news, I’d like to add Sandeman and Offley to my cellar if the budget allows.

Are there any indications that these are SQVPs? I have no idea what those houses are likely to produce.
From the few statements I've seen, it looks as though these are full house declarations and not single quinta releases.
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Re: 2018 Declarations

Post by rich_n » 13:18 Tue 14 Apr 2020

AHB wrote:
rich_n wrote:
17:40 Sat 11 Apr 2020
Well this is good news, I’d like to add Sandeman and Offley to my cellar if the budget allows.

Are there any indications that these are SQVPs? I have no idea what those houses are likely to produce.
From the few statements I've seen, it looks as though these are full house declarations and not single quinta releases.
Oh well that is even better news! I’ll be intrigued to see the early tasting notes.


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Re: 2018 Declarations

Post by nac » 13:27 Tue 14 Apr 2020

Symington:

"It has selected two wines to release en primeur in 2020 – Quinta do Vesuvio and Dow’s Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira, with each of these estates having delivered "unique expressions of the lifted aromas that characterise the year", said Symington.

The other Quinta Vintage Ports produced in 2018 – Quinta dos Malvedos, Quinta do Bomfim, Quinta da Cavadinha and Quinta dos Canais – will age in the Symington cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia for future release, it added."

From Harpers - https://harpers.co.uk/news/fullstory.ph ... ports.html

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Re: 2018 Declarations

Post by AHB » 21:01 Tue 14 Apr 2020

On the live-stream tasting this evening, Johnny confirmed that Churchill will be bottling a Quinta da Gricha 2018 but not a full Churchill blend.

He also announced that Churchill's will be introducing a 40 year old blend next year, when Churchill celebrate their 40th anniversary.
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Re: 2018 Declarations

Post by Doggett » 22:11 Tue 14 Apr 2020

AHB wrote:
21:01 Tue 14 Apr 2020

He also announced that Churchill's will be introducing a 40 year old blend next year, when Churchill celebrate their 40th anniversary.
Does that mean they have bought In some older tawny to help produce an average age of 40YO? If so I wonder who/where provided that. Either way, I am sure it will be very good as I have enjoyed their other tawny blends.

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Re: 2018 Declarations

Post by Glenn E. » 18:01 Wed 15 Apr 2020

Doggett wrote:
22:11 Tue 14 Apr 2020
AHB wrote:
21:01 Tue 14 Apr 2020

He also announced that Churchill's will be introducing a 40 year old blend next year, when Churchill celebrate their 40th anniversary.
Does that mean they have bought In some older tawny to help produce an average age of 40YO? If so I wonder who/where provided that. Either way, I am sure it will be very good as I have enjoyed their other tawny blends.
Remember that "40 Year Old Tawny Port" has nothing to do with its actual age. It's a flavor profile and nothing more.

Most TWAIOA do have an average age that is significantly older than what's on the bottle, but it isn't required. All Churchill's needs to do is acquire stocks that allow them to create a blend that tastes like a 40 Year Old is supposed to taste. The age matters not.

I even know a story of a producer who submitted a sample for testing that was slightly younger than the number on the label, but it was rejected because it tasted too old.
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Re: 2018 Declarations

Post by /2alph » 06:19 Thu 16 Apr 2020

Niepoort will not declare a VP or Bioma VP

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Re: 2018 Declarations

Post by AHB » 09:37 Tue 21 Apr 2020

Just seen a FaceBook announcement from Ramos Pinto that they will be declaring a Quinta do Bom Retiro 2018 Vintage Port. That's now added to the list with a link to the Portuguese article in Revista de Vinhos.
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Re: 2018 Declarations

Post by DRT » 11:18 Tue 21 Apr 2020

Doggett wrote:
22:11 Tue 14 Apr 2020
Does that mean they have bought In some older tawny to help produce an average age of 40YO? If so I wonder who/where provided that. Either way, I am sure it will be very good as I have enjoyed their other tawny blends.
The Case do Douro has vast stocks of surplus single harvest (and blended?) Ports going back many decades. That is a regular source of old tawnies for smaller producers and I suspect is where most of the recent proliferation of aged white Port has come from.
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Re: 2018 Declarations

Post by akzy » 09:48 Thu 23 Apr 2020

Taylor's have just declared. 3 in a row!
http://taylor.pt/en/news/taylors-declar ... ntage-port

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Post by rich_n » 09:49 Thu 23 Apr 2020

akzy wrote:Taylors have just declared. 3 in a row!
http://taylor.pt/en/news/taylors-declar ... ntage-port
Wow, that’s got to be a first! Or at least the first time for a long time. I’m sure someone can tell me if this has been done before...

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Post by akzy » 09:56 Thu 23 Apr 2020

rich_n wrote:
09:49 Thu 23 Apr 2020
Wow, that’s got to be a first! Or at least the first time for a long time. I’m sure someone can tell me if this has been done before...
It's possible. According to 'The Book', there is a possible (JDAW rightly so describes as unlikely) 1859 Taylor's. If so, then there was at least 4 vintages in a row. 1857 is also unlikely, in which case, that's 5 possible years in a row.

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Re: 2018 Declarations

Post by Axel P » 07:09 Tue 28 Apr 2020

Oscar told me that he will also bottle...
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Re: 2018 Declarations

Post by AHB » 16:13 Thu 30 Apr 2020

I have just been advised Quinta da Devesa will be bottling 2018 as their first production of Vintage Port.
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Re: 2018 Declarations

Post by AHB » 16:50 Thu 30 Apr 2020

On an Instagram interview this afternoon, with themomsomm, Sandra Tavares said that she and Jorge are in the process of blending their Vintage Port but she was expecting they would be releasing a 2018 Vintage Port.
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Axel P wrote:
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Thank you. Added to the list.
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Re: 2018 Declarations

Post by rich_n » 16:10 Sat 09 May 2020

Oscar confirmed last night that Quevedo would be declaring with a release of 5,000 bottles:

https://youtu.be/zQB52LHtHAA

Just after the 14 minute mark.

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Re: 2018 Declarations

Post by AHB » 09:23 Fri 15 May 2020

On their 2018 Vintage launch call on Thursday 14th May, the Symingtons shared the news that the 2018 Ports would be bottled in 75cl with some 150cl also being filled. There would be a very small number of larger formats filled with Senhora da Ribeira and with Vesuvio.

No halves will be filled with 2018 Port.

They also shared with us that the Quinta das Canais is 80% Touriga Nacional and that the yields at Bomfim were very small indeed, less than 1kg of grapes per vine.
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Post by Axel P » 12:15 Wed 20 May 2020

Gran Cruz will also bottle 2018 VP under their brands Ventozelo, Dalva and Cruz.

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Re: 2018 Declarations

Post by AHB » 23:08 Tue 02 Jun 2020

I've just posted tasting notes for my first tasting of the Vesuvio and Senhora da Ribeira 2018 Vintage Ports.
Top Ports in 2019: Niepoort VV (1960s bottling) and Quinta do Noval Nacional 2017
Top Ports in 2020 (so far): Croft 1945 and Niepoort VV (1960s bottling)

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