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Quinta do Vesuvio 2015

Release Notes

The Touriga Nacional was harvested mainly from the quinta’s Quinta Nova and Raposa vineyards, planted at altitudes between 350 and 470 metres, predominantly north and northwest facing. 

The very attractive bergamot and esteva (rockrose) aromas combined with spicy notes, so typical of Touriga Nacional, are very apparent in this wine due to the combination of the North-facing aspect and the altitude, both of which favour cooler temperatures and lend these wines incredible freshness and perfect levels of acidity. 

Conversely Touriga Franca is a variety that flourishes with heat and at Vesuvio is planted at relatively lower altitudes. In 2015 the finest Franca was harvested from the Vale da Teja vineyards, predominantly northwest facing and planted between 150 and 200 metres, some lying near the river. This Touriga Franca produced some of the finest examples of this variety, making beautifully floral wines with velvety ripe tannins. 

The combination of these two varieties was complemented by a small quantity of Sousão, drawn from a more granitic area of the Quinta, which brings acidity and minerality to the blend, beautifully balancing this powerful and structured Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port.

Tasting Notes

Symington Family Estates critic

SFE Tasting Room source
2017 tasting note year
A powerhouse of a wine with fresh, dark fruit aromas, rounded off with some lovely esteva (rockrose) and violets fragrance. Taught and muscular in the mouth with good grip from the schist tannins. Long and intense with superb structure.

Richard Mayson critic

Decanter (Dec. 2017) source
2017 tasting note year
From a magnificent property in the Douro Superior, picked relatively late after the rain, rich and heady on the nose with ripe blackberry jam fruit and a touch of aromatic esteva (gum cistus); opulent palate, sun-drenched fruit backed by big, ripe velvety tannins and a tannic finish. Full, round and satisfying; weight and finesse.

Score: 94

Joshua Greene critic

Wine & Spirits (Dec. 2017) source
2017 tasting note year
This vast quinta has 329 acres of vines spread over 806 acres on the winding left bank of the Douro. This complex, steep terrain allows for significant variations in exposures and altitude, which may be a key to the estate's success in the 2015 vintage. Deep purple in color, richly concentrated in fruit, this wine seemed like a Graham's when we tasted it blind (both are made by Charles Symington). The supple dark chocolate savor of the tannins and the powerful black-skinned blueberry flavors are, in fact, a bit drier than the Graham's 2015 Stone Terraces (also recommended here), though no less grand.

Score: 93

Jancis Robinson MW critic (May 2017) source
2017 tasting note year
From 140 out of 400 ha of lots planted – varietally, not field blends – when they bought it in 1989. One of the Ferreiras planted monovarietal blocks in the 1970s so they have some of the Douro’s oldest monovarietal blocks. Touriga Franca responds best to vine age. 60% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Franca and 10% Sousão. North-facing vineyards, so very good in 2015. All foot trodden – very unusual! 1,000 cases. Blackish purple. Very exciting and heady nose. Extremely luscious nose – pure hedonistic pleasure! Massively ripe nose and then rigorous palate. Cool finish. Such energy and minerally finish. The sweetest wine in this collection but so much tannin that you don’t really see it. So complex and clean. Lots of tannins!

Score: 18.5

James Suckling critic (May 15 2017) source
2017 tasting note year
Extremely aromatic with violet, blackberry and blueberry character. Full body, beautiful center palate and length. Tight and focused. Goes on for minutes. Super quality. Try in 2026.

Score: 95

Roger Voss critic

Wine Enthusiast (Oct.15 2017) source
2017 tasting note year
Full of ripe fruit, this wine is rich while also having a delicately perfumed character. With its spice, generous fruits and sense of poise, it will age well. Drink from 2027.

Score: 94

Manuel Carvalho critic

Público newspaper source
2017 tasting note year
The Quinta do Vesuvio is another good surprise, principally for accentuating the tendency of this producer for reinforcing the dimension of acidity and freshness in its Vintages. Floral aromas, notes of tea, discreet mint, ripe fruit — beautiful on the nose. On the palate, it is the epitome of refinement and class.

Score: 96

Mark Squires critic

Robert Parker • The Wine Advocate source
2017 tasting note year
The 2015 Vintage Port Quinta do Vesuvio is a blend of Touriga Nacional 60%, Touriga Franca 30% and Sousão 10%. It comes in at 113 grams per liter of residual sugar. This is beautifully balanced, but still a "wow" because of its terrific fruit. It is packed with luscious and intensely flavorful fruit, laced with some dark plum and baked cherry nuances. The concentration is good—not exceptional, perhaps, but it shows fine precision on the delicious finish, too. As is the case with most 2015s, it is also rather elegant and very fresh, the fruit lifted and well defined, never sloppy. It tightens noticeably with air, proving that its backbone can't be discounted. It should age very well but be approachable a bit on the younger side, too. It could certainly use time in the cellar, the more the better if you like complexity, but it should be in fairly decent shape around 2030 or so. I personally would like to leave it another 10 years beyond that, but that's up to you. If you insist on diving in sooner, that's also up to you (and if you twist my arm, I will confess that the fruit is very attractive, perhaps even irresistible just now). This is one of the most intriguing Symington 2015s, perhaps my personal pick of the litter (although there are some competitors). It has some upside potential, too. If it never achieves more, it will still have you oohing and aahing throughout its useful life. This has been released. There were 11,400 bottles produced, plus some large-format offerings.

Score: 95

Axel Probst critic source
2017 tasting note year
Violet-colored color with pronounced reflections. A floral, fresh nose with cassis and black berries, subtly spicy. Complex, compact palate with structured, red berry fruit, balanced chocolate and cassis. Long, compact finish.

Score: 18/20

Derek Smedley MW critic

2017 tasting note year
The nose has brooding richness the start of the palate a powerful mix of black fruits. Sumptuous, rich and ripe, the mid palate is velvety supple richness and power yet at the back there is underlying freshness an attractive balance the finish has style and length. Drink 2036-60.

Score: 98

Alex Bridgeman critic

The Port Forum source
2017 tasting note year
1,000 cases produced. Deep purple-maroon, inky and dark; opaque. A classic Vesuvio nose, deep and brooding, full of fragrance and sweet blackcurrants if slightly restrained. Slow developing entry with masses of blackcurrant that fails to hide the powerful tannins. I love the complexity on the palate that is built around the core of the sweet blackcurrant. Sweet and sticky blackcurrant fruit dominates the aftertaste, the sweet sticky fruit dominates the long sticky, fruity finish. The finish is immensely long. This is the sweetest of the four SFE 2015 vintage ports shown at this tasting. A more powerful and burly style of Vesuvio than previous vintages.

Score: 93-95/100

Richard Mayson critic source
2017 tasting note year
icked from 21st September onwards, Touriga Nacional followed by Touriga Franca. These two varieties make up most of the blend supplemented by a little Sousão grown on more granitic soils. Entirely foot trodden in granite lagares on the estate. Rich and heady on the nose with ripe blackberry jam fruit and a touch of aromatic esteva (gum cistus) on the nose; dense and opulent on the palate, sundrenched fruit backed by big, ripe velvety tannins and a dusty tannic finish. Full, round and satisfying, showing richness, weight and finesse. 1000 cases produced in total, priced at £65/bottle.

Score: 17.5

José João Santos critic

Revista de Vinhos source
2017 tasting note year

Score: 18,5/20

James Molesworth critic

Wine Spectator source
2017 tasting note year
Expressive, with plum, blackberry and blueberry paste flavors that have a juicy edge along with lively licorice snap and suave dark chocolate notes. Best from 2030 to 2040.

Score: 92


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