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.