The Fladgate Partnership announces 2008 Single Quinta Vintage Port releases, including “one of the finest Quinta do Panascal vintages we have made to date”

It’s been fortified fortnight for me, judging mostly fortifieds at the International Wine Challenge, then the Big Fortified Tasting on 19th (see my reports here and here).

Though I was back at my desk on Friday to catch my breath, I should have reckoned on a press release from The Fladgate Partnership, which traditionally uses St George’s Day to declare new vintage releases.  And sure enough, late Friday word arrived of the release of 2008 Single Quintas from Taylor’s (Vargellas and Terra Feita), Croft Roêda and Fonseca (Panascal and Guimaraens).

Speaking on behalf of The Fladgate Partnership, Managing Director, Adrian Bridge reported, “The 2008 harvest produced some extraordinary Ports at our estates.  They show impressive density and concentration and distinctive terroir character.”

David Guimaraens, Technical Director and Winemaker of the family group, is equally enthusiastic about Quinta do Panascal stating, “I believe this is one of the finest Quinta do Panascal vintages we have made to date.  There is great purity of fruit and expression of the unique terroir at Panascal.  Despite relatively low yields, the wines have depth and structure…I cannot recall such perfect picking conditions for many years.” You can find out more about Fonseca here in my report of a vertical tasting with Guimaraens in 2008.

I’ll be visiting Fladgate next month for a day in the Douro with Head Winemaker, David Guimaraens, looking at pioneering work he is doing in the vineyards and the wineries and a day in Gaia with Natasha Bridge, Head Blender, to go through the blending process, so more on Fladgate soon!

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