Taylors Quinta De Vargellas Vinha Velha Vintage Port 2009
The Vintage Port 2009 is an exceptional and rare wine made only from the grapes of the oldest vines on the estate. These vines, some planted over 70 years ago, have very small yields but produce wines of great concentration and power.
2009 was a year of very low yields, partly due to the relatively small amount of fruit produced by all vine varieties and in part to the very dry summer. The small amount of fruit and the dry summer meant that musts from the old vines were even more concentrated than usual, showing very high levels of sugar, tannin and colour.
Deep purple black with narrow rim. The nose is quintessential Vargellas taken to a sublime level. Powerful linear fruit, plum, black cherry and cassis set against a dark exotic background of rosewood and clove. The heady fragrance of violets contributes to the sense of transcendent, multi layered complexity.
On the palate the Port has a dense thickly textured tannins are coated with sumptuous fruit flavour giving the wine massive volume, weight and grip. But it is on the long, rich tannic finish that the wine displays its resilience and energy.
Perfect paired with mature blue cheese, think Stilton, Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Saint Agur Blue.