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João van Zeller and the Symington family are pleased to announce the release of the Quinta de Roriz 1999 Vintage Port in the spring of 2001. Only 2000 cases of the very finest Port produced at the property have been selected for bottling.
The winter of 1998/99 was cold and dry, and was followed by wet weather in April and May. June and July were dry and some refreshing rain fell in early August. Careful and extended maturation studies were carried out at Quinta de Roriz and the vintage began on the 15 September with the Vinha Velha (old vines) whose low yields produced fantastically concentrated wines. The Quinta's early ripening characteristics were a great advantage during the 1999 harvest, as all the picking was already over when the rainfall which struck the Douro began in late September.
All the grapes are hand picked and the wine is 100% made in the traditional stone "lagares".
This '99 comes primarily from old vines, before João van Zeller and the Symington family began replanting this quinta in 2000. Delicious and young, this hits right off with a floral, strawberry scent and a lovely texture. It's more vinous than most Porto, built more like a Banyuls. Tart and grapey, high in tone, this doesn't seem destined for long aging, but at eight to ten years, it should be a star with Roquefort, gorgonzola dolce or a block of Stilton.
Quinta de Roriz is one of the oldest and finest estates in the Douro and has been owned by the van Zeller family since 1815. Historical records show that Roriz was the very first Quinta Port to be exported and the first Quinta to establish an international reputation for the quality of its wines. During much of the 19th Century, Roriz was considered one of the greatest of Vintage Ports, and it is intended to re-establish this standing in the 21st Century.
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