2003 Wellington Old Vines Port 500ml
2003 is the eleventh vintage of old vine Port Wellington has produced from their estate vineyard. It is a blend of ten different grape varieties, from blocks planted between 1892 and 1924. All the grapes were harvested together and cold soaked for three days before adding yeast. After a five day fermentation, the grapes were pressed and fortified with high proof brandy to arrest fermentation.
This rich sweet wine with deep ruby color and aromas of blackberries and chocolate is a wonderful after dinner drink, and is a great match with walnuts or rich cheeses (Stilton is a Peter Wellington favorite). Very enjoyable now, it does have the structure to age for many years, but will, in time, throw a deposit and need decanting.
2006 Wellington Old Vines Port 500ml
Very fruity. Intense cherries (cordial) and chocolate aroma. Rich, sweet flavor. Rich, full mouthfeel. Cocoa and strawberry finish.
2007 Port, Estate Old Vines 500ml
Wellington Vineyards has been making Port since 1992, when only a couple of other wineries in Sonoma or Napa were making Port. Working with the same grapes from their ancient vines, they've had ample opportunity to fine tune their techniques. They coferment many different grape varieties in the Portuguese tradition , from blocks planted between 1892 and 1924. Of all Wellington's winemaking techniques, they are a little more secretive about their Port than anything else regarding yeast strains, fermentation temperatures, maceration, and spirits addition.
The 2007 vintage yielded a Port with intense flavor and tannin. In order to allow the tannin to mellow, it was held in barrel longer than usual. The end product is a rich, concentrated, supple Port with lots of blackberry-like fruit.