QUINTA DO TEDO SAVEDRA’S VINTAGE PORTS ARE FROM THEIR OLDEST AND MOST PRESTIGIOUS PARCEL WHICH AVERAGES 60+ YEARS. These are rare Ports and the few bottles we have are it for the year.
Year - 2016, an excellent non-classic Vintage (between an also excellent 2015 and classic Vintage 2017!).
Grapes - 24+ grape varieties from Tedo's estate's oldest (60+ year) field blended Savedra parcel.
Terroir - schist soil, Mediterranean climate (low yearly rainfall and dry, hot summers), grade A classified vineyards.
Winemaking - hand-picked, estate-grown grapes undergo pre-fermentation line-up maceration with foot-treading in traditional lagares for 3 days followed by 3 days of temperature-controlled fermentation to more slowly extract the grapes' soft tannins, complex aromas and rich colors. These characteristics are preserved while aging in minimal contact with oxygen in large 7000 liter (1850 gallon) foudres before being Vintage-quality approved by the IVDP and bottled, unfiltered, within 2 years of the harvest to, ideally, age for 10+ years in bottle.
Annual Production - 1,500 bottles
Alcohol - 19.5%
See - deep ruby with purple highlights.
Smell - rich, powerful, and fruit-driven; black fruits (prunes, blackberries, black cherries) cloves and dry tobacco leaves; elegant, balanced, and complex with wet shale and mineral freshness.
Sip - soft, deep, and full-bodied; concentrated wild blackberry and blueberry; structured tannins lightly softened by minimal aging (to become more velvety over time aging in the bottle); long and persistent finish.
Enjoy - now or by 2045+, cool (15°C/60°F), aerate for 2 hours and let the sediment settle before serving, on its own or in the company of dark chocolate cakes, strong cheeses, friends, family, and other Vintage Port Wine aficionados/as!