Vargellas Vinha Velha Vintage Port 2011
The wines of Quinta de Vargellas traditionally form the ‘backbone’ of the Taylor Vintage Port blend. This outstanding estate, recognised as one of the world’s finest vineyards, was acquired by Taylor in 1893 although its reputation as a source of the finest ports dates back to the 1820’s. Located in the remote eastern reaches of the Douro Valley, Vargellas is known for its elegant, scented wines, with their fine focused fruit and well integrated sinewy tannins. It is also known as a source of one of the rarest and most collectible vintage ports of all, Vargellas Vinha Velha.
Quinta de Vargellas Vinha Velha is a very rare Vintage Port made in tiny quantities from a selection of the very oldest vines on the Vargellas estate. Vinha Velha, pronounced vinya velya and meaning ‘old vineyard’, is the name given to the ancient terraced plots on which these old vines are grown. See 'Vineyards
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Vargellas Vinha Velha may well be the most elusive and collectible of all Vintage Ports. Only six Vinha Velha vintage ports have been released to date and the 2011 will be the seventh. Vinha Velha Vintage Ports are sold on strict allocation and, to allow the very restricted quantities to be as widely distributed as possible, is shipped only in cases of three bottles.
The character of the Vargellas Vinha Velha Vintage Ports is unique and their interest to collectors lies, not only in their superb quality and rarity, but also in the fact that they represent a piece of Port history, the expression of an ancient terroir whose characteristics are unlikely ever to be exactly reproduced.
As usual, the 2011 Vinha Velha represents a selection of fruit from the very oldest vines grown on the five plots which together make up the ‘old vineyard’ at Quinta de Vargellas.
2011 will be remembered for its text book viticultural year.Commenting on the release of the 2011 Vinha Velha, David Guimaraens, Taylor’s Winemaker, commented: “The excellent ripening conditions in 2011 ensured good levels of consistency across the different grape varieties. This meant that the varietal diversity of the old vineyard at Vargellas was able to express itself to the full. As a result, the 2011 Vinha Velha has a wonderful complexity, delivering multiple layers of aroma and flavour.”
Taylor’s Managing Director, Adrian Bridge, added: ‘The results on the old vineyard at Quinta da Vargellas were particularly impressive and we have decided to bottle a 2011 Vargellas Vinha Velha Vintage Port which, as in the past, is drawn from a rigourous selection of grapes from the very oldest vines on the property. The release will be good news for collectors, although as usual the quantities produced are very limited.”
A limited release of Quinta de Vargellas Vinha Velha 2011 Vintage Port will be bottled later in 2013. The wine will be shipped in cases of 3 bottles.