First taste: Quinta da Romaneira Vintage Port 2018
Port has been produced at Quinta da Romaneira since the 18th century. The sizeable Cima Corgo estate boasts three kilometres of river (Douro) frontage. Renovated in 2004, a third of the production at the 85 hectare vineyard is devoted to Port wines, which are produced from grapes trodden in stainless steel lagares at the modern winery.
Quinta da Romaneira Vintage Report
Shareholder and MD Christian Seely reports: “[L]ike 2017, 2018 was a year of low yields, but for different reasons. 2017 was a year of extreme drought, while 2018 was marked in the first part of the year by heavy rainfall. This meant that potential yields were naturally much reduced by the difficulties of the flowering period. Subsequently however, a long hot dry summer ensued. Water levels in the soil had been replenished.”
My tasting note – Quinta da Romaneira Vintage Port 2018
An open knit, relatively broad, soft palate with perfumed, sweet, ripe wild bilberry and mulberry to nose and chocolatey palate, with savoury black olive and grainy, graphite tannins. On day two, violet, black pepper and orange blossom notes emerge, with dried herbs on day three. Upfront, if lacking a little freshness. A medium-term prospect. 19.5% 555 cases of the 2018 Quinta da Romaneira Vintage Port were bottled. Imported and retailed by Lea & Sandeman – £160/6 bottles in bond/en primeur