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See details of the wines declared or bottled from the year 1948:

1948 Vintage

Classic vintage, with rich and individual wines that are unfortunately rather hard to find now. Declared by some but not all Port houses.

This Vintage has been fully mature for years, but well cellared, the best wines can be expected to have a 100 year life. A magical wine. The 48's are characterised by a rich coffee / caramel flavour. Incredibly concentrated and rich, almost syrup like in their intensity.

Viticultural and Weather Conditions

The vines budded well but early, and flowering was prolific. July remained distinctly cool with no real heat. August and September were very hot indeed and the grapes ripened quickly.

Harvesting took place in very hot conditions. The yield was reduced because of the lack of rain and the dehydration of the grapes in August. The quality, however, was sound.

Winemaker's Overview

Grapes looking healthy and nice and very sweet.

John D Symington
16 September 1948

This vintage seems to be similar to the 1926. Very high sugar content, slow fermentation even after a tremendous amount of work.

Francis R Warre
9 October 1948



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