2017 Vintage port declarations
Back to back declarations - a first for the Port region
Rules are a religion in the Douro, tradition is all important; precedent is all. Menbers of the Symington family are believed to be quietly fulminating in back rooms of the Port lodges as younger members of the family insist that you can have too much tradition and great wines should be allowed to speak for themselves, not sacrificed to the altar of always doing what we did before. The 1964 vintage was a victim of this mentality. Not that Dirk Niepoort feels bound by convention - or anything else apparently. So now we have the small, tightly-wound, super-intense and structured 2017 vintage. Different in character from the '16s, 2017 is a year of concentration and grip.
Offered subject to remaining unsold; for shipment spring 2020