2017 Port

2017 Vintage Port

Vintage Declaration

Port houses don't declare a vintage all that often and full declarations, where the majority of houses all declare the vintage are less frequent. The universal declaration of 2017 is particularly special as it is the first time in the Symington family's history that consecutive vintages (2016 & 2017) have both been declared. As for Taylor-Fladgate, the last time it happened was the 1846 & 1847 duo. This is great news for Port-lovers as the 2016's were heavily oversubscribed and it was often hard to get everything one wanted. 
 

Vintage Conditions

The Douro experienced an exceptionally dry winter, followed by a warm, dry March, resulting in one of the earliest bud-bursts ever. The vines' cycle continued in an early fashion, with flowering at the beginning of May. The heat rose throughout June and veraison had already occurred by the end of the month. A massive storm ensued at the beginning of July, which came at just the right time to refresh the vines, without the danger of swelling unripe berries. The summer heatwave broke and never really returned. Benign conditions continued through to harvest. A prolonged period of drought meant that the oldest vines with the deepest roots fared best. The resultant crop was unusually healthy but average berry size was smaller than normal; thus the only fly in the ointment for 2017 is that yields were well below typical.
 

Vintage Character

Stylistically, the 2017s are very different to the 2016s so there's plenty of reason to hold both. Where the 2016s are closer in character to the 2011s in terms of elegance and subtlety, the 2017s deliver power that hasn't been seen in a generation or more. In fact, some have already drawn comparisons with the profound 1945s, which resulted from a remarkably similar growing season. The 2017s are also marked by their exceptional balance and wonderfully nuanced aromatics. There seems to be something magical about the '7' vintages for port.  2007, 1997, 1987, 1977, 1967, 1947 and the all-time legend, 1927 all resulted in exceptional vintages. 

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  1. 2017 Taylor's, 6x750ml

    2017 Taylor's, 6x750ml

    The nose is very full, with plum, orange peel and hyacinth. Silky and supple on the palate. There's both delicacy and power in evidence. There's a solid core, layered with succulent and ripe fruit. Rounded and expressive, it has lots of potential for 4-5 decades of development.

    • Type: Fortified
    • Colour: Red
    • Country: Portugal
    • Case Size: 6
    • Bottle Size: 750ml

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  2. 2017 Taylor's, 3x1.5ltr

    2017 Taylor's, 3x1.5ltr

    The nose is very full, with plum, orange peel and hyacinth. Silky and supple on the palate. There's both delicacy and power in evidence. There's a solid core, layered with succulent and ripe fruit. Rounded and expressive, it has lots of potential for 4-5 decades of development.

    • Type: Fortified
    • Colour: Red
    • Country: Portugal
    • Case Size: 3
    • Bottle Size: 1.5l

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  3. 2017 Taylor's, 12x375ml

    2017 Taylor's, 12x375ml

    The nose is very full, with plum, orange peel and hyacinth. Silky and supple on the palate. There's both delicacy and power in evidence. There's a solid core, layered with succulent and ripe fruit. Rounded and expressive, it has lots of potential for 4-5 decades of development.

    • Type: Fortified
    • Colour: Red
    • Country: Portugal
    • Case Size: 12
    • Bottle Size: 375ml

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  4. 2017 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port, 6x750ml

    2017 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port, 6x750ml

    The Noval has one of the most expressive noses of all. Orange blossom, plum and mocha. The palate is likewise a full-throttle affair, with ripe fruit salad, a melange of spices and a dynamic savoury umami component. This is fresh, lively, pure and generous. The gliding finish is supple and effortless. It will delight for a good 2-3 decades. In a word, wow!

    • Type: Fortified
    • Colour: Red
    • Country: Portugal
    • Case Size: 6
    • Bottle Size: 750ml

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  5. 2017 Graham, Stone Terraces
    Graham, Stone Terraces 3x75
    • Type: Fortified
    • Colour: Red
    • Country: Portugal
    • Case Size: 3
    • Bottle Size: 750ml

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  6. 2017 Graham's, 6x750ml

    2017 Graham's, 6x750ml

    The Graham's has one of the inkiest colours I've seen. The nose too is ultra-concentrated, with complex aromatics of fruit patisserie, leather, pencil shavings and eucalyptus. The succulently juicy and rich palate displays blueberry cheesecake and candied peels. The finish is lifted, long and invigorating. This will delight for 4-5 decades to come.

    • Type: Fortified
    • Colour: Red
    • Country: Portugal
    • Case Size: 6
    • Bottle Size: 750ml

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