Neil Martin, de voorstaande Britse wijnrecensent van Vinous, heeft zijn scores toegekend aan de Vintage Ports van 2017. In ons eerdere nieuwsitem over de Vintages van Taylor’s en Croft heeft u al kunnen lezen dat de producenten zelf spraken over een ‘truly exceptional year’. De zojuist binnengekomen scores en reviews van Martin onderschrijven dit groots enthousiasme. Met hoge scores en termen als ‘vorstelijk’ en ‘aristocratisch’ maakt hij er geen geheim van bijzonder onder de indruk te zijn van de Vintages van beide Porthuizen.

Taylors Vintage 2017

“(..) The first impression is one of freshness, completely disguising that summer’s dryness and warmth, a disarming finesse built around the frame of tannins that would have been impossible years ago. It is a silky-smooth Taylor’s, one of the most polished 2017 Vintage Ports with energy and tension flooding through the finish. Aristocratic as ever, totally Taylor’s, yet still translating the growing season with aplomb. “

Croft Serikos Vintage 2017

“The maiden 2017 Serikos from Croft comes from the oldest vines located in Quinta da Roêda. (..) The palate is medium-bodied with succulent tannin, a silver bead of acidity that slices through the multi-layered, intense black fruit laced with white pepper and sage. This is endowed with unerring symmetry, predictably a silky texture and outstanding crispiness towards the never-ending finish. Regal. “

Taylor’s Vargellas Vinha Velha Vintage 2017

“The 2017 Taylor’s Vargellas Vinha Velha Vintage Port represents only the eighth release. It comes from 80 to 120-year old vines located in five parcels that were picked from September 1. (..) Fine definition here, real depth and complexity as it reveals subtle melted tar and bayleaf aromas with continued aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with saturated tannins. This feels lush and rounded with black pepper, clove and tobacco notes infusing the black fruit, long and sensual towards the finish. (..)”

Croft Vintage 2017

“(..)The palate is medium-bodied with a luxuriant, velvety smooth opening that lacquers the mouth. Beautifully balanced, effortless even, it gently seems to roll across the senses towards its surprisingly controlled, clove and bayleaf tinged finish that leaves a discrete tingling sensation on the tongue. Superb and probably one of the 2017 Vintage Ports that will drink sooner than others.”