1970 Taylor Fladgate Single Harvest Porto
All wines stored at 55° and 70% humidity
"These are Ports from a single year which age to full
maturity in seasoned oak casks and display the year of
harvest on the label. Taylor Fladgate has made a limited
release, each year, of a Single Harvest Port made 50 years
previously. The seventh in the series is the 1970 Single Harvest."
For many Taylor’s is the archetypal Port house and
its wines the quintessential Ports. Family managed
since its foundation in 1692, it has remained entirely
dedicated to quality Port production throughout its
history. Taylor’s owns three great vineyards in the
Douro, Quinta de Vargellas, Quinta de Terra Feita
and Quinta do Junco. All are categorised grade A –
the highest possible rating. These three iconic
properties, each occupying a distinct geographic
location and with their own unique character, are the
cornerstone of the company’s success and the main
source of its unique and inimitable house style.
Taylor’s holds one of the most extensive reserves of
very old cask aged Port of any producer. They
include a collection of rare Single Harvest Ports.
These are Ports from a single year which age to full
maturity in seasoned oak casks and display the year
of harvest on the label. Taylor’s has decided to make
a limited release, each year, of a Single Harvest Port
made 50 years previously. The seventh in the series
is the 1970 Single Harvest.
NOTES ON VITICULTURAL
YEAR AND HARVEST:
Higher than average rainfall in the months of October
and March. Spring was very dry, followed by rain in
May and June. From July to October there was almost
no rain, with perfect conditions during the harvest.
At the start of the harvest the grapes were in perfect
condition and completely disease free. Sunny days and
cold nights resulted in very deep coloured musts which
needed much work in the foot-treading tanks (lagares).
There was a good quantity of port made and great
quality wines were produced.
Pale red-mahogany in colour with an olive-green tinge to
the rim. Gloriously lifted and maderised on the nose with
a touch of sultana, molasses and roasted coffee. Rich and
beautifully intense on the palate; a smooth, slightly
syrupy resonance offset by a lithe streak of acidity, which
keeps the wine fresh all the way through. Long and
languorous on the finish, with lovely toasty, malty
complexity. Superbly laidback and hedonistic.
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