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Fonseca Vintage Port 1992 75cl

Original price £119.95 - Original price £119.95
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Fonseca Vintage Port 1992

Fonseca are arguably the leading producer of vintage port, combining both power and finesse. Some even with the potential to last over a hundred years.

In 1815, Joao dos Santos Fonseca started trading port, with Francisco Gomes Monteiro and Manuel Pedro Guimaraens entering into a partnership in the early 1820s. After several decades, the Guimaraens family acquired the house outright in 1863, but following financial hardship after World War Two, they sold to Taylor, Fladgate and Yeatman in 1949. The Guimaraens family, however, have remained actively involved since, with David Guimaraens currently head winemaker for the Fladgate group that comprises Taylors, Fonseca, Croft, and Krohn.

Fonseca ports are based on three Quintas. Cruzeiro, Santo Antonio and Quinta do Panascal. Cruzeiro contributes concentrated black fruit flavours and firm tannic grip. Panascal adds an opulent luscious fruitiness and a dense velvety texture. Finally, Santo Antonio brings complexity and vibrancy with its fine scented character and fresh acidity.

1992 was very dry right through to June when a few days of rain gave the vines some restbite. Flowering, however, was unharmed, and temperatures not too high. Some small bouts of rain in late August and late September helped to swell grapes that would otheriwse have been too concentrated. Those, liuke Fonseca, who did wait till late September to pick, were duly rewarded with very healthy fruit. 1991 and 1992 were split declarations, and it appears to be the 1992s that have stood the test of time.

Fonseca Vintage Port 1992 is especially rich with freshy berry fruits, resiny scents, and layers of dark chocolate. When reviewed on release by James Suckling, he declared it the best Fonseca port since 1977. Robert Parker even awarded it 97 pts in 2005.

A vintage that has flown under the radar, but really delivered, and now in its prime.