Fonseca Guimaraens 1998 Vintage Port in Wood with Funnel 75cl

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Country Portugal
Port Type Vintage Port
Region Douro
Brand Fonseca
Grape Variety Port Blend
Size 75cl
ABV 20%
Closure Type Screw Top
Vintage 1998
Maturity drink now
Food Match The association of Vintage Port with a mature blue cheese such as Stilton is one of the great classic food and wine combinations. The soft buttery texture, mellow character and piquancy of the cheese are perfectly matched by the powerfully majestic flavou
Style Medium Bodied and fruity

Ripe raspberry and cherry jam aromas, with lovely aromatic dimension. Vibrant berry fruit flavours. Plump, rounded tannins giving good weight and texture. Finish with lots of flavour and length.


Presented in a branded wooden Gift Box with funnel for decanting - a stylish gift set for the Port lover.



Country Of Origin: Portugal

In certain years when there is no classic Fonseca Vintage Port, a Guimaraens Vintage Port may be made instead.  

 

When Guimaraens Vintage Ports were first released in the 1930's they were made in the same years as the classic Fonseca Vintage Ports but blended from slightly less powerful components, much like the second wines of the Bordeaux châteaux.  Today Guimaraens Vintage Ports are made in years when the wines are more supple and early maturing and Fonseca in vintages producing bigger, more long lasting Ports.

 

Guimaraens Vintage Ports nevertheless share the origins, heritage and complex fruity style of the classic Fonseca vintages and are drawn from the produce of the same three estates. They differ only in that they are more approachable, ready to drink earlier and more accessibly priced.

 

Fonseca belongs in the first league of vintage port houses. few port producers have maintained such consistency of quality and style from vintage to vintage.  Fonseca’s three quintas, or vineyard estates, are at the heart of the house’s distinctive house style.

 

The two Pinhão Valley estates of Quinta do Cruzeiro and Quinta de Santo António, have supplied Fonseca for over a hundred years.   Quinta do Panascal in the Távora Valley has a more recent association with Fonseca, but its wines perfectly complement those of the two Pinhão Valley properties as well as producing an exceptional single-quinta Vintage Port made exclusively from grapes grown on the estate.

 

The unique terroir of each quinta contributes its own distinctive character to the Fonseca Vintage Port blend.  Cruzeiro provides the dense core of black fruit and tannin. This is enveloped in the rich succulent jammy flavours and velvety texture of the wines of Panascal and overlaid by the exotic heady scents of Santo António. The fusion of the wines of these three diverse properties explains the multi-layered and multi-dimensional quality of Fonseca Vintage Ports and their ability to continue releasing surges of opulent complex aroma over decades of ageing in bottle.

 

Fonseca's estates have also witnessed pioneering developments in organic and sustainable viticulture in the Douro Valley.   Quinta do Panascal was one of the first properties in the valley to contain areas of vineyard with organic certification.  Quinta de Santo António has been completely converted to the prize-winning sustainable vineyard model developed by the firm's viticulture team and is certified for organic production of both grapes and olive oil.

 

Read more about Fonseca here:  www.fonseca.pt

Country Of Origin: Portugal

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