The Symington family are pleased to announce their decision to bottle 2010 Vintage Ports from our top quintas. Two 2010 Vintage Ports will be released shortly for purchase en primeur: the Quinta do Vesuvio and Dow’s Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira.
In addition, we will bottle Quinta Vintage Ports from each Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos, Dow’s Quinta do Bomfim, Warre’s Quinta da Cavadinha and Cockburn’s Quinta dos Canais. In keeping with our normal practice, once bottled these Vintage Ports will be laid down in our own cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia for release when ready to drink – typically 10 to 12 years after harvest.
After three very dry years, the winter of 2009-2010 saw an extraordinary change, with heavy rains of 100 mm or more recorded at Pinhão for each of six months in a row. The viticultural year progressed well until July and August when we had not one drop of rain. Temperatures in excess of 35ºC throughout most of August slowed the maturation cycle, as the vines cannot photosynthesise and mature the grapes properly in conditions of continued extreme heat. As a result the harvest began 5 days later than usual, but was conducted under mostly perfect conditions with only one overnight rainfall in early October. Paul Symington’s full Harvest Report for 2010 is available here on the Blog.
For more information about the 2010 Vintage Ports, including details of the blends and tasting notes for the Senhora da Ribeira and Vesuvio, please see the full article in the News page of The Vintage Port Site.