Symington Family Estates declares 2011 vintage
Symington Family Estates has declared 2011 as a vintage year, its third vintage Port declaration since 2000.
The company said its 2011 vintage Ports were of exceptional quality and expected to age superbly over the coming decades. It last declared a vintage in 2007 and 2003.
Distributor Fells is taking orders from this week and the wines will be available for shipment in early June.
“The 2011 vintage Ports have an exceptional depth of colour and concentration, rarely seen in the Douro and with marked minerality from the schistous Douro soil.
“The palate has superb balance, with a powerful and rich bitter-chocolate taste, in hand with wild berry fruit, supported by well-structured and schist-edged tannins that will give these wines the traditional longevity for which the great Vintage Ports are so famous,” the company reported.
The 2011 vintage Ports represent a small proportion of the total production from the family owned vineyards. Graham’s 2011 Vintage Port, for example, comprises 8,000 cases out of the 88,850 cases produced at the five Graham’s vineyards.
In its harvest report Symingtons said a combination of strong winter rains in 2010, an unusually warm spring, August rainfall and sunny October contributed to the vintage declaration.
Last month Portuguese producer Sogrape announced its 2011 Port vintage could have the “greatest potential for ageing” than any vintage in the history of its Ferreira, Offley and Sandeman Ports.