Taylor's Vintage Port 2011
Taylor Fladgate & Yeatman was founded over three centuries ago in 1692 and has been independently owned throughout its history. The most famous of all Port houses, Taylor’s is regarded as the benchmark for Vintage Port and its declared vintages attract the highest scores and auction prices. Noted for their elegance and restrained power, their longevity and their distinctive scented character, these classic Vintage Ports are blended from the finest wines of the firm’s own ‘quintas’ or estates.
Taylor’s three famous properties – Vargellas, Terra Feita and Junco – occupy distinct geographic locations. Each contributes its own unique character and dimension to the subtle harmony of the blend. Select ‘Vineyards
’ at the foot of this page to learn more.
Commenting on the decision to declare the 2011 vintage, Taylor’s Managing Director, Adrian Bridge, remarked, ‘2011 has produced textbook Vintage Ports, classics in every sense. The Taylor’s 2011 is a perfect example of the house style, elegant and refined but also with the characteristic inner strength and stamina which define Taylor’s Vintage Ports.’
As usual the 2011 Taylor Vintage blend is based on the wines of Vargellas and Terra Feita, the two historic properties whose contrasting but complementary personalities define the Taylor style. Since the 2000 vintage, a small proportion of wine from Quinta do Junco has been added to the blend and this is again the case with the 2011.
Winemaker David Guimaraens remarked, ‘The heavy rainfall during the previous winter created reserves to keep the vines well supplied with water throughout the hot dry summer. This resulted in balanced ripening and wines that have elegance as well as depth and stamina.’
The winter preceding the 2011 harvest was wetter and colder than the 30-year average. Budburst occurred as usual mid March and warm weather and rainfall in April produced vigorous growth. At the beginning of May dry conditions set in and there was little rainfall in eastern areas of the Douro until late August. However the vines were able to draw from the plentiful ground water reserves built up during the previous winter and bunches developed and ripened in ideal conditions. Véraison occurred a little earlier than usual on 15th June. Mild weather in June and July was broken only by a heat wave in the second half of June. August was hot and dry, with perfectly timed rainfall on 21st August and 1st September rounding off an excellent ripening season and producing a well balanced crop.
Quinta de Vargellas, in the Douro Superior, was the first Taylor property to start harvesting on 10th September. Here as elsewhere the crop showed high sugar levels balanced by excellent acidity. In the Pinhão Valley, harvesting started at Quinta do Junco and the upper part of Quinta de Terra Feita on 14th September and in the lower part of Terra Feita the following day. Fermentations were long, allowing balanced and complete extraction, and musts displayed intense colour and powerful fruit character from the outset.