Fonseca Vintage Port 2000
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.
This Port is inky purple in colour. A complete nose, with impressive depth and background, displaying the concentrated and opulent fruitiness which is the hallmark of the Fonseca style. Rich blackcurrant and plum aromas overlaid with spicy and floral notes. Full-bodied and velvety on the palate, with ripe chewy tannins providing a firm grip to support the long fruity finish.
A timeless vintage port just coming into its own now, but with the potential to age for several more decades.
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.
2000 was a unanimously declared vintage. A small harvest, producing fine, concentrated wines with sheer depth of colour and richness. As has been the theme over the past few decades, Fonseca were one of the stars of the vintage.