2016 Port Vintage Report

2015-vintage-port 2The 2016 vintage port declaration came as no surprise given that the excellent 2015 vintage was passed over in favour of this vintage. The 2016 declaration is the first since the outstanding 2011 vintage and will inevitably draw comparisons. I have now had two tastings of the 2016, one in May and one in September. My overall impression is that the declaration is justified. The wines are lighter in body and at this stage in their evolution. Compared to the 2011 they are more nuanced and perhaps reflective of the winemaker’s skill and house style.

All of the major shippers declared the 2016. The yield is tiny as a cold and wet spring made for a tough start to the year. The very hot weather that followed hampered the ripening process as the vines shut down. The picking season was dry which meant that winemakers could pick the grapes at the optimum ripeness. Production release volumes are very small, for instance only 72 cases were released of the Nacional!

The reception for the 2016 vintage amongst critics has been very positive. James Suckling awarded the 2016 Taylor’s vintage port top marks (100 points). With most shippers such as Cockburn and Grahams scoring well into outstanding category. The ports although approachable in their youth, will be at their optimum between 2025 and 2060+. Prices are quite high for the premium brands due to small yields. However, there are some highly rated, lower cost wines from Skeffington, Burmester and Messias that represent an outstanding quality to price ratio.

In summary, this is a solid vintage declaration. Small production and high ratings make premium brands a solid investment that can be laid down for decades. Great value can be obtained searching out the lesser known producers. (TC – VWP)

57 products found.

2016 Quinta do Noval Port

Vintage Port
Presented in a Deluxe Gift Box with Wine Accessories

*** 98 Points-James Suckling ***
*** 18/20- Jancis Robinson ***
*** 94 Points-Neal Martin ***

The 2016 Quinta do Noval Vintage port is a blockbuster! Rated as outstanding by critics, this port is bursting with ripe blackberry, dark cherries and delicious red fruit. The port shows great balance, complexity and poise. All the elements are in place for a classic vintage port that will be at its best between 2024 and 2050+

Reviews:
***98 Points-James Suckling***
This is a superb baby Noval that reminds me of the 1966. Chewy yet so polished. The light sweetness suggests an overall dialing back of the sugar content.
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Price: £79.95
Stock: 11 in Stock

Burmester Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 6x75cl Bottle Case

DUTY PAID PRICE £225 - Includes UK Duty, VAT and UK delivery

ALSO AVAILABLE IN BOND AT £169 PER CASE (Link below)




DELIVERY Expected October 2018

Just 25 cases allocated to the whole UK market. An amazing value port rated in the outstanding category.

"High-toned style to this with plenty of fruit and chewy tannins. Full-bodied, medium sweet and chewy on the finish. Needs three or four years to soften. Try in 2023.”

Burmester has announced the launch of its 2016 Classic Vintage Port, a challenging year that ended up producing exceptional wines. In keeping with the brand’s identity and the profile established throughout its history, Burmester is launching a Vintage Port loaded with character and enormous ageing potential, translating secure values.
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Price: £225.00
Stock: 6 in Stock

Burmester Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x150cl (Magnum Format)



MAGNUM FORMAT 1.5L

DELIVERY EXPECTED OCT 2018

Burmester has announced the launch of its 2016 Classic Vintage Port, a challenging year that ended up producing exceptional wines. In keeping with the brand’s identity and the profile established throughout its history, Burmester is launching a Vintage Port loaded with character and enormous ageing potential, translating secure values. Burmester Vintage Port 2016 is elegant, lighter and more fragrant, with a touch of balsamic. Firm structure, aromas of ripe fruit and excellent acidity, with a very long finish.

"High-toned style to this with plenty of fruit and chewy tannins.
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Price: £89.95
Stock: 21 in Stock

Burmester Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x75cl Bottle




DELIVERY EXPECTED OCTOBER 2018
Burmester has announced the launch of its 2016 Classic Vintage Port, a challenging year that ended up producing exceptional wines. In keeping with the brand’s identity and the profile established throughout its history, Burmester is launching a Vintage Port loaded with character and enormous ageing potential, translating secure values. Burmester Vintage Port 2016 is elegant, lighter and more fragrant, with a touch of balsamic. Firm structure, aromas of ripe fruit and excellent acidity, with a very long finish.

"High-toned style to this with plenty of fruit and chewy tannins.
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Price: £39.95
Stock: 14 in Stock

Calem Port, 2016

Vintage Port 6x75cl Bottle Case
DUTY PAID PRICE £235 - - Includes UK Duty, VAT and delivery to a UK mainland address
ALSO AVAILABLE IN BOND AT £169 (Link below)

DELIVERY EARLY 2019

Calem has announced the launch of its 2016 Classic Vintage Port, a challenging year that ended up producing exceptional wines. In keeping with the brand’s identity and the profile established throughout its history, Calem is launching a Vintage Port loaded with character and enormous ageing potential, translating secure values. Calem Vintage Port 2016 is elegant, lighter and more fragrant, with a touch of balsamic. Firm structure, aromas of ripe fruit and excellent acidity, with a very long finish..

It was a particularly challenging year. We really had to make use of our profound knowledge of the grapes and vines, as each variety and each plot of vineyard developed at a different pace.
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Price: £235.00
Stock: 6 in Stock

Calem Port, 2016

Vintage Port 1x75cl Bottle

DELIVERY EARLY 2019

Calem has announced the launch of its 2016 Classic Vintage Port, a challenging year that ended up producing exceptional wines. In keeping with the brand’s identity and the profile established throughout its history, Calem is launching a Vintage Port loaded with character and enormous ageing potential, translating secure values. Calem Vintage Port 2016 is elegant, lighter and more fragrant, with a touch of balsamic. Firm structure, aromas of ripe fruit and excellent acidity, with a very long finish..

Tasting Notes
Purple colour. Subtle on the nose, with notes of very ripe black fruit, dark chocolate and spice.
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Price: £49.95
Stock: 6 in Stock

Cockburn Port, 2016

Vintage Port - Single Bottle (75cl)
Delivery Early 2019


*** 99 Points - James Suckling ***
"Extremely complex aromas that show the classic Graham character of black-fruit marmalade and burnt oranges. Follows through to a full body with great grip at the finish. Lightly sweet. Chewy and powerful. Such a focus at the end." James Suckling

***95 Points-Neal Martin, Vinous***
"The 2016 Graham’s Vintage Port is inky black in colour. The bouquet is voluminous and intense, the aromas almost shrouding your head! Blackberry, black olive, clove and a touch of smoke, just a hint of pencil box in the background. The palate is brilliant, quite brilliant. Supple tannin,
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Price: £69.50
Stock: 24 in Stock

Cockburn Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 6x75cl Bottle Case Includes UK Duty, VAT and UK delivery

*** Small allocation - Max 2 cases per customer ***


*** 99 Points - James Suckling ***
"Extremely complex aromas that show the classic Graham character of black-fruit marmalade and burnt oranges. Follows through to a full body with great grip at the finish. Lightly sweet. Chewy and powerful. Such a focus at the end." James Suckling

***95 Points-Neal Martin, Vinous***
"The 2016 Graham’s Vintage Port is inky black in colour. The bouquet is voluminous and intense, the aromas almost shrouding your head! Blackberry, black olive, clove and a touch of smoke, just a hint of pencil box in the background.
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Price: £359.00
Stock: 9 in Stock

Croft Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 6x75cl Bottle Case

DUTY PAID PRICE £325 - Includes UK Duty, VAT and delivery to a UK mainland address

DELIVERY EARLY 2019

***97 Points-James Suckling***
Extremely perfumed with dark-berry and currant aromas. Hints of earth and spices. Full-bodied, round and medium sweet. Hints of resin. Opulent yet restrained. Shows ripe and beautiful fruit with clarity. Try in 2025.

***94 Points- Neal Martin, vinous.com***
The 2016 Croft Vintage Port has a taut bouquet at first that demands a good 20 or 30 minutes to get into its stride. It eventually reveals scents of blackberry, bilberry, chimney soot, clove, and just a hint of scorched earth in the background. The palate is spicy and vivacious on the entry: black fruit,
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Price: £325.00
Stock: 5 in Stock

Croft Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 3x150cl MAGNUM Bottle Case

DUTY PAID PRICE £325 - Includes UK Duty, VAT and delivery to a UK mainland address

DELIVERY EARLY 2019

***97 Points-James Suckling***
Extremely perfumed with dark-berry and currant aromas. Hints of earth and spices. Full-bodied, round and medium sweet. Hints of resin. Opulent yet restrained. Shows ripe and beautiful fruit with clarity. Try in 2025.

***94 Points- Neal Martin, vinous.com***
The 2016 Croft Vintage Port has a taut bouquet at first that demands a good 20 or 30 minutes to get into its stride. It eventually reveals scents of blackberry, bilberry, chimney soot, clove, and just a hint of scorched earth in the background. The palate is spicy and vivacious on the entry: black fruit,
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Price: £325.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Croft Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 12x37.5cl Half Bottle Case
DUTY PAID PRICE £325 - Includes UK Duty, VAT and UK delivery<

DELIVERY EARLY 2019

***97 Points-James Suckling***
Extremely perfumed with dark-berry and currant aromas. Hints of earth and spices. Full-bodied, round and medium sweet. Hints of resin. Opulent yet restrained. Shows ripe and beautiful fruit with clarity. Try in 2025.

***94 Points- Neal Martin, vinous.com***
The 2016 Croft Vintage Port has a taut bouquet at first that demands a good 20 or 30 minutes to get into its stride. It eventually reveals scents of blackberry, bilberry, chimney soot, clove, and just a hint of scorched earth in the background. The palate is spicy and vivacious on the entry: black fruit,
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Price: £325.00
Stock: 14 in Stock

Croft Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x75cl Bottle

DELIVERY EARLY 2019

***97 Points-James Suckling***
Extremely perfumed with dark-berry and currant aromas. Hints of earth and spices. Full-bodied, round and medium sweet. Hints of resin. Opulent yet restrained. Shows ripe and beautiful fruit with clarity. Try in 2025.

***94 Points- Neal Martin, vinous.com***
The 2016 Croft Vintage Port has a taut bouquet at first that demands a good 20 or 30 minutes to get into its stride. It eventually reveals scents of blackberry, bilberry, chimney soot, clove, and just a hint of scorched earth in the background. The palate is spicy and vivacious on the entry: black fruit,
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Price: £59.95
Stock: 23 in Stock

Croft Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x150cl MAGNUM Bottle

DELIVERY EARLY 2019

***97 Points-James Suckling***
Extremely perfumed with dark-berry and currant aromas. Hints of earth and spices. Full-bodied, round and medium sweet. Hints of resin. Opulent yet restrained. Shows ripe and beautiful fruit with clarity. Try in 2025.

***94 Points- Neal Martin, vinous.com***
The 2016 Croft Vintage Port has a taut bouquet at first that demands a good 20 or 30 minutes to get into its stride. It eventually reveals scents of blackberry, bilberry, chimney soot, clove, and just a hint of scorched earth in the background. The palate is spicy and vivacious on the entry: black fruit,
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Price: £119.00
Stock: 3 in Stock

Dow's Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x75cl Bottle

DELIVERY EARLY 2019

***98 Points- Neal Martin, vinous.com***
The 2016 Dow’s Vintage Port is based around the Vinha dos Ecos vineyard behind Bomfim, populated predominantly by mature Touriga Franca vines that were cropped at just 0.68kg per vine. It has a quite astonishing bouquet with layer upon layer of intense black cherry and cassis fruit, touches of clove, leather and a hint of over-ripe Satsuma. This is a mercurial bouquet that keeps changing in the glass, revealing smoky/burning ember scents with time. The palate is quite magnificent – perfectly balanced with a killer thread of acidity slicing through such pure intense black fruit that there is no heaviness at all.
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Price: £72.50
Stock: 28 in Stock

Dow's Port, 2016

Vintage Port - Half Bottle (37.5cl)

DELIVERY EARLY 2019

***98 Points- Neal Martin, vinous.com***
The 2016 Dow’s Vintage Port is based around the Vinha dos Ecos vineyard behind Bomfim, populated predominantly by mature Touriga Franca vines that were cropped at just 0.68kg per vine. It has a quite astonishing bouquet with layer upon layer of intense black cherry and cassis fruit, touches of clove, leather and a hint of over-ripe Satsuma. This is a mercurial bouquet that keeps changing in the glass, revealing smoky/burning ember scents with time. The palate is quite magnificent – perfectly balanced with a killer thread of acidity slicing through such pure intense black fruit that there is no heaviness at all.
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Price: £39.50
Stock: 36 in Stock

Dow's Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x150cl Magnum Bottle

DELIVERY EARLY 2019

***98 Points- Neal Martin, vinous.com***
The 2016 Dow’s Vintage Port is based around the Vinha dos Ecos vineyard behind Bomfim, populated predominantly by mature Touriga Franca vines that were cropped at just 0.68kg per vine. It has a quite astonishing bouquet with layer upon layer of intense black cherry and cassis fruit, touches of clove, leather and a hint of over-ripe Satsuma. This is a mercurial bouquet that keeps changing in the glass, revealing smoky/burning ember scents with time. The palate is quite magnificent – perfectly balanced with a killer thread of acidity slicing through such pure intense black fruit that there is no heaviness at all.
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Price: £149.00
Stock: 3 in Stock

Dow's Port, 2016

Vintage Port - RARE TAPPIT HEN FORMAT (2.1 L) Bottle Case

VERY SMALL ALLOCATION

RARE TAPPIT HEN FORMAT (2.1 L)

DELIVERY EARLY 2019

***98 Points- Neal Martin, vinous.com***
The 2016 Dow’s Vintage Port is based around the Vinha dos Ecos vineyard behind Bomfim, populated predominantly by mature Touriga Franca vines that were cropped at just 0.68kg per vine. It has a quite astonishing bouquet with layer upon layer of intense black cherry and cassis fruit, touches of clove, leather and a hint of over-ripe Satsuma. This is a mercurial bouquet that keeps changing in the glass, revealing smoky/burning ember scents with time. The palate is
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Price: £395.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Dow's Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 6x75cl Bottle Case
DUTY PAID PRICE £449 - Includes UK Duty, VAT and UK delivery

VERY SMALL ALLOCATION - STRICTLY LIMITED TO ONE CASE PER CUSTOMER

***98 Points- Neal Martin, vinous.com***
The 2016 Dow’s Vintage Port is based around the Vinha dos Ecos vineyard behind Bomfim, populated predominantly by mature Touriga Franca vines that were cropped at just 0.68kg per vine. It has a quite astonishing bouquet with layer upon layer of intense black cherry and cassis fruit, touches of clove, leather and a hint of over-ripe Satsuma. This is a mercurial bouquet that keeps changing in the glass, revealing smoky/burning ember scents with time. The palate is quite magnificent – perfectly balanced with a killer thread of acidity slicing through such pure intense black fruit that there is no heaviness at all.
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Price: £449.00
Stock: 13 in Stock

Fladgate Vintage Port Presentation Case, 2016

Vintage Port Collection (3x75cl)
2016 Taylor's + 2016 Fonseca + 2016 croft in presentation box. DUTY PAID PRICE £265

Prices include DUTY, VAT and DELIVERY.

DELIVERY EARLY 2019

Presented in a bespoke wooden box, this 2016 Vintage Port collection contains three excellent wines from the highly esteemed vintage. Featuring Taylor; often the most intellectually satisfying of all of the Vintage Ports and one with the greatest ageing potential, Croft; whose wines of the 40s and 50s (1945 and 1955 for example) are the stuff of legend, as well as Fonseca; where violets, black tea and cassis dominate the aromas, followed by trademark sweetness and tannic elegance on the palate, this mixed case highlights the success of this recently Declared vintage.
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Price: £265.00
Stock: 16 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 3x150cl (Magnum Format) Bottle Case
DUTY PAID PRICE £425 - Includes UK Duty, VAT and UK delivery

DELIVERY EARLY 2019


Fonseca has announced that it has declared 2016 as a classic vintage. The announcement was made on 23rd April, 2018 in keeping with house tradition. Comments on the Fonseca 2016 Vintage Port are as follows:.

David Guimaraens, Head Wine Maker
Commenting on the viticultural year: "The harvest of 2016 will be remembered as having started very late. Fonseca's Quinta do Cruzeiro started picking right at the end of September and Quinta do Santo António at the beginning of October. This was due to the late start to the ripening season and to the long and very even maturation of the crop.
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Price: £425.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 12x37.5cl Case

DELIVERY EARLY 2019

Fonseca has announced that it has declared 2016 as a classic vintage. The announcement was made on 23rd April, 2018 in keeping with house tradition. Comments on the Fonseca 2016 Vintage Port are as follows:.

David Guimaraens, Head Wine Maker
Commenting on the viticultural year: "The harvest of 2016 will be remembered as having started very late. Fonseca's Quinta do Cruzeiro started picking right at the end of September and Quinta do Santo António at the beginning of October. This was due to the late start to the ripening season and to the long and very even maturation of the crop.
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Price: £429.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x75cl Bottle

DELIVERY EARLY 2019


Fonseca has announced that it has declared 2016 as a classic vintage. The announcement was made on 23rd April, 2018 in keeping with house tradition. Comments on the Fonseca 2016 Vintage Port are as follows:.

David Guimaraens, Head Wine Maker
Commenting on the viticultural year: "The harvest of 2016 will be remembered as having started very late. Fonseca's Quinta do Cruzeiro started picking right at the end of September and Quinta do Santo António at the beginning of October. This was due to the late start to the ripening season and to the long and very even maturation of the crop.
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Price: £74.95
Stock: 11 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x150cl (Magnum Format)

DELIVERY EARLY 2019


Fonseca has announced that it has declared 2016 as a classic vintage. The announcement was made on 23rd April, 2018 in keeping with house tradition. Comments on the Fonseca 2016 Vintage Port are as follows:.

David Guimaraens, Head Wine Maker
Commenting on the viticultural year: "The harvest of 2016 will be remembered as having started very late. Fonseca's Quinta do Cruzeiro started picking right at the end of September and Quinta do Santo António at the beginning of October. This was due to the late start to the ripening season and to the long and very even maturation of the crop.
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Price: £149.00
Stock: 6 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 2016

Vintage Port 1x37.5cl (Half Bottle Format)

Fonseca has announced that it has declared 2016 as a classic vintage. The announcement was made on 23rd April, 2018 in keeping with house tradition. Comments on the Fonseca 2016 Vintage Port are as follows:.

David Guimaraens, Head Wine Maker
Commenting on the viticultural year: "The harvest of 2016 will be remembered as having started very late. Fonseca's Quinta do Cruzeiro started picking right at the end of September and Quinta do Santo António at the beginning of October. This was due to the late start to the ripening season and to the long and very even maturation of the crop.
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Price: £36.95
Stock: 24 in Stock

Graham Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x37.5cl HALF Bottle

DELIVERY EARLY 2019

*** 99 Points - James Suckling ***
Extremely complex aromas that show the classic Graham character of black-fruit marmalade and burnt oranges. Follows through to a full body with great grip at the finish. Lightly sweet. Chewy and powerful. Such a focus at the end.

***96 Points-Neal Martin, Vinous.com***
The 2016 Graham’s Vintage Port is inky black in colour. The bouquet is voluminous and intense, the aromas almost shrouding your head! Blackberry, black olive, clove and a touch of smoke, just a hint of pencil box in the background. The palate is brilliant, quite brilliant.
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Price: £39.50
Stock: 115 in Stock