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Smith Woodhouse 2011

Release Notes

The majority of Smith Woodhouse’s Quinta da Madalena vineyard is composed of Vinha Velha (old mixed vineyards) which therefore have a marked influence on the style of the 2011 Vintage Port; an intensely concentrated and complex wine with layer upon layer of aromas and flavours.  The other principal contribution comes from Madalena’s Touriga Franca, which excelled in the perfect harvest conditions of 2011.  The overall production of the quinta was very low yielding at just an average 700g per vine, which makes it one of the least prolific years in recent memory.

The charming floral aromas of rockrose and violets of the Touriga Franca deliver superb elegance, finesse and harmony to the Smith Woodhouse 2011 Vintage Port. The sizeable contribution from the old mixed vines shows through in the gorgeous layers of liquorice and blackberry fruit. The seamless spicy tannins give grip and authority to this Vintage Port, which has the potential to age for several decades.

Production: 1,000 cases – 12/75cl
Winemaker: Charles Symington

Alcohol by volume: 20% v/v (20ºC)
Total acidity: 4.10 (g/l)
Baumé: 3.80

Tasting Notes

Sarah Ahmed critic

www.thewinedetective.co.uk source
2013 tasting note year

An elegant, spicy Port with lifted coriander seed and darker gingerbread notes to its ripe, fleshy plum.  Seamless tannins show plenty of sucrosity.  Very well composed. 

Jamie Goode critic

www.thewineanorak.com source
2013 tasting note year

Supple, sweet and open with lovely bright cherry and blackberry fruit. Nice purity and structure: vivid and intense.

Score: 92–94/100

Richard Mayson critic

www.richardmayson.com source
2013 tasting note year

Quite opulent in style with succulent berry fruit, quite powerful on the finish. Full and flattering. Drink 2025 – 40+

Score: 4 Stars, 17 Points

More about Smith Woodhouse

To learn more about Smith Woodhouse here on The Vintage Port Site, read a concise Profile of the Smith Woodhouse Brand, and a detailed viticultural profile of the key Smith Woodhouse property, Quinta da Madalena.  If you would like to learn even more about Smith Woodhouse's history and the full range of Ports styles offered, visit the Smith Woodhouse website.

See details of other years in which this wine was made

  1. 2007
  2. 2003
  3. 2000
  4. 1997
  5. 1994
  6. 1992
  7. 1991
  8. 1985
  9. 1983
  10. 1982
  11. 1980
  12. 1977
  13. 1975
  14. 1970
  15. 1966
  16. 1963
  17. 1960
  18. 1955
  19. 1950
  20. 1947
  21. 1945
  22. 1935
  23. 1927
  24. 1924
  25. 1920
  26. 1917
  27. 1912
  28. 1908
  29. 1904
  30. 1900
  31. 1897
  32. 1896
  33. 1890


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