2016 Port Vintage Report

2016-vintage-port The 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)

51 products found.

2016 Premium Port Collection Offer, 2016

Six Bottles of Outstanding Port from the recently declared 2016 Vintage: Taylor, Fonseca, Noval, Dow, Warre, Sandeman

A great selection of some of the finest 2016 ports available.

Contains (all 75 cl) :

1 x 2016 Taylor's Vintage Port
1 x 2016 Fonseca Vintage Port
1 x 2016 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port
1 x 2016 Warre Vintage Port
1 x 2016 Dows Vintage Port
1 x 2016 Sandeman Vintage Port

Reviews:
Taylor's Vintage Port (100 Points - Suckling)
Deep purple black with a narrow magenta rim. High notes of pure, intense woodland fruit with lively accents of green apple, fresh plum and raspberry. Around this core of bright, singing fruit is a heady aura of gumcistus and wine herbs. On a deeper register, exotic notes of cedarwood and jasmine provide an additional dimension of complexity.
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Price: £425.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

2016 Quinta do Noval Port, 2016

Vintage Port
(Includes Free Leather effect gift box)

*** 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+


Serving Suggestion:
When mature this port will need to be decanted to remove sediment. Serve at room temperature on its own or with vintage mature blue cheeses such as stilton, Cashel Blue, Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Saint Augur Blue.
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Price: £89.00
Stock: 14 in Stock

2016 Value Port Collection, 2016

Six Bottles of Outstanding Port from the recently declared 2016 Vintage: S.Woodhouse, Quinta de Roriz, Messias, Valriz, Calem and Skeffington

An amazing case of great value, outstanding ports selected by our port buyer.

Contains (all 75 cl) :

1 x 2016 Smith Wood House Vintage Port (96 points)
1 x 2016 Quinta de Roriz Vintage Port (94 Points)
1 x 2016 Valriz Vintage Port (90 Points)
1 x 2016 Calem Vintage Port (91 points)
1 x 2016 Skeffington Vintage Port - (94 points)
1 x 2016 Messias Vintage Port (92 Points)



Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port
Aromas suggesting bergamot and tea-leaf, as well as floral aromas of rockrose and violets. Substantial on the palate, showing ripe, black fruit and liquorice. The seamless, peppery tannins give freshness and excellent structure.
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Price: £245.00
Stock: 5 in Stock

Burmester Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x150cl (Magnum Format)
Presented in individual oak case

The Burmester Vintage Port 2016 is loaded with character and enormous ageing potential. From a fully declared year, this port is elegant and fragrant, with a touch of balsamic, a 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. Full-bodied, medium sweet and chewy on the finish. Needs three or four years to soften. Try in 2023.”


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Price: £99.00
Stock: 16 in Stock

Burmester Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x75cl Bottle
Presented in original branded wooden box

The Burmester Vintage Port 2016 is loaded with character and enormous ageing potential. From a fully declared year, this port is elegant and fragrant, with a touch of balsamic, a 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. Full-bodied, medium sweet and chewy on the finish. Needs three or four years to soften. Try in 2023.”


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Price: £59.95
Stock: 6 in Stock

Calem Port, 2016

Vintage Port 1x75cl Bottle
Presented in original gift box

The 2016 Calem Vintage port is subtle on the nose, with notes of very ripe black fruit, dark chocolate and spice. With a powerful and intense structure, it shows a balance between acidity and sweetness that confers creaminess and sophistication. A long finish, with lingering fruit, this port is for the long haul.
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Price: £49.95
Stock: 44 in Stock

Cockburn Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x75cl Bottle

*** 99 Points - James Suckling ***
***95 Points-Neal Martin, Vinous***
***18/20 Points- Jancis Robinson MW***
***18+ Points- Richard Mayson***

Cockburn's Port was a major brand in the 19th and early 20th century, and has now returned to the limelight with this sumptuous and beautifully complex 2016 vintage Port that has wine critics in raptures. Enjoy 2020-2050.

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Price: £89.50
Stock: 57 in Stock

Croft Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x75cl Bottle

***97 Points-James Suckling***
***94 Points- Neal Martin, vinous.com***
***91 Points-Derek Smedley MW***
***17/20 Points-Richard Mayson***

With the elegance of a classic style, the Croft Vintage Port 2016 has an opulent aromatic expression, exuding perfectly balanced pure fruit. The nose reveals a rich gourmet consisting of strawberry and blackcurrant jammy notes. With aeration, the nose further hints at herbal notes that signify the signature of old vines from Quinta da Roêda. Full of flavour, the palate opens with small red fruit and evolves with tight and fine-grained tannins that give it structure and volume.
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Price: £69.95
Stock: 87 in Stock

Croft Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x150cl (MAGNUM Format) Bottle

***97 Points-James Suckling***
***94 Points- Neal Martin, vinous.com***
***91 Points-Derek Smedley MW***
***17/20 Points-Richard Mayson***

With the elegance of a classic style, the Croft Vintage Port 2016 has an opulent aromatic expression, exuding perfectly balanced pure fruit. The nose reveals a rich gourmet consisting of strawberry and blackcurrant jammy notes. With aeration, the nose further hints at herbal notes that signify the signature of old vines from Quinta da Roêda. Full of flavour, the palate opens with small red fruit and evolves with tight and fine-grained tannins that give it structure and volume.
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Price: £145.00
Stock: 8 in Stock

Croft Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x300cl DOUBLE MAGNUM Bottle

***97 Points-James Suckling***
***94 Points- Neal Martin, vinous.com***
***91 Points-Derek Smedley MW***
***17/20 Points-Richard Mayson***

With the elegance of a classic style, the Croft Vintage Port 2016 has an opulent aromatic expression, exuding perfectly balanced pure fruit. The nose reveals a rich gourmet consisting of strawberry and blackcurrant jammy notes. With aeration, the nose further hints at herbal notes that signify the signature of old vines from Quinta da Roêda. Full of flavour, the palate opens with small red fruit and evolves with tight and fine-grained tannins that give it structure and volume.
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Price: £275.00
Stock: 4 in Stock

Croft Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x37.5cl HALF Bottle

***97 Points-James Suckling***
***94 Points- Neal Martin, vinous.com***
***91 Points-Derek Smedley MW***
***17/20 Points-Richard Mayson***

With the elegance of a classic style, the Croft Vintage Port 2016 has an opulent aromatic expression, exuding perfectly balanced pure fruit. The nose reveals a rich gourmet consisting of strawberry and blackcurrant jammy notes. With aeration, the nose further hints at herbal notes that signify the signature of old vines from Quinta da Roêda. Full of flavour, the palate opens with small red fruit and evolves with tight and fine-grained tannins that give it structure and volume.
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Price: £34.95
Stock: 12 in Stock

Dow's Port, 2016

Vintage Port - Rare Tappit Hen Format (2.1 L) Bottle
Presented in original oak case

***98 Points- Neal Martin, vinous.com***
***97 Points- Derek Smedley MW***
***19/20 Points- Richard Mayson***

The 2016 Dow's port is the first wine where the mineral characters really shout to be heard. There are herbs too and dark plum fruit. It’s fresh and weighty in the mouth; a port of real authority.

Serving Suggestion:
When mature this port will need to be decanted to remove sediment. Serve at room temperature on its own or with vintage mature blue cheeses such as stilton, Cashel Blue, Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Saint Augur Blue. Vintage port is also good with chocolate - a flattering accompaniment to top quality hand-made chocolates and artisan chocolate bars.
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Price: £395.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Dow's Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x75cl Bottle

***98 Points- Neal Martin, vinous.com***
***97 Points- Derek Smedley MW***
***19/20 Points- Richard Mayson***

The first wine where the mineral characters really shout to be heard. There are herbs too and dark plum fruit. It’s fresh and weighty in the mouth; a port of real authority.

Serving Suggestion:
When mature this port will need to be decanted to remove sediment. Serve at room temperature on its own or with vintage mature blue cheeses such as stilton, Cashel Blue, Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Saint Augur Blue. Vintage port is also good with chocolate - a flattering accompaniment to top quality hand-made chocolates and artisan chocolate bars.
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Price: £89.90
Stock: 72 in Stock

Fladgate Vintage Port Presentation Case, 2016

Vintage Port Collection (3x75cl)
2016 Taylor's + 2016 Fonseca + 2016 croft in presentation box

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: £245.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x150cl (Magnum Format) Bottle Case

A hugely rich and profound Fonseca port. Massive concentration of sweet black fruits, spice then liquorice and chocolate. The finish of this colossus lasts over a minute. Complex and immensely dense. A blockbuster for the long term.

Serving Suggestion:
When mature this port will need to be decanted to remove sediment. Serve at room temperature on its own or with vintage mature blue cheeses such as stilton, Cashel Blue, Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Saint Augur Blue. Vintage port is also good with chocolate - a flattering accompaniment to top quality hand-made chocolates and artisan chocolate bars.
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Price: £155.00
Stock: 15 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 2016

Vintage Port 300cl (Double Magnum Format) Bottle case

A rare double Magnum Format

A hugely rich and profound Fonseca port. Massive concentration of sweet black fruits, spice then liquorice and chocolate. The finish of this colossus lasts over a minute. Complex and immensely dense. A blockbuster for the long term.

Serving Suggestion:
When mature this port will need to be decanted to remove sediment. Serve at room temperature on its own or with vintage mature blue cheeses such as stilton, Cashel Blue, Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Saint Augur Blue. Vintage port is also good with chocolate - a flattering accompaniment to top quality hand-made chocolates and artisan chocolate bars.
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Price: £340.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x75cl Bottle

A hugely rich and profound Fonseca port. Massive concentration of sweet black fruits, spice then liquorice and chocolate. The finish of this colossus lasts over a minute. Complex and immensely dense. A blockbuster for the long term.

Serving Suggestion:
When mature this port will need to be decanted to remove sediment. Serve at room temperature on its own or with vintage mature blue cheeses such as stilton, Cashel Blue, Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Saint Augur Blue. Vintage port is also good with chocolate - a flattering accompaniment to top quality hand-made chocolates and artisan chocolate bars.
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Price: £79.95
Stock: 74 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 2016

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

A hugely rich and profound Fonseca port. Massive concentration of sweet black fruits, spice then liquorice and chocolate. The finish of this colossus lasts over a minute. Complex and immensely dense. A blockbuster for the long term.

Serving Suggestion:
When mature this port will need to be decanted to remove sediment. Serve at room temperature on its own or with vintage mature blue cheeses such as stilton, Cashel Blue, Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Saint Augur Blue. Vintage port is also good with chocolate - a flattering accompaniment to top quality hand-made chocolates and artisan chocolate bars.
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Price: £38.95
Stock: 31 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 2016

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Vintage Port - 6 x75cl
Special Offer | £330 + VAT Duty paid | £396 inc VAT and UK delivery Delivery Mid-May 2019

A hugely rich and profound Fonseca port. Massive concentration of sweet black fruits, spice then liquorice and chocolate. The finish of this colossus lasts over a minute. Complex and immensely dense. A blockbuster for the long term.

Serving Suggestion:
When mature this port will need to be decanted to remove sediment. Serve at room temperature on its own or with vintage mature blue cheeses such as stilton, Cashel Blue, Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Saint Augur Blue. Vintage port is also good with chocolate - a flattering accompaniment to top quality hand-made chocolates and artisan chocolate bars.
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Price: £396.00
Stock: 16 in Stock

Graham's - "The Stone Terraces", 2016

Vintage Port
RARE TAPPIT HEN FORMAT 1x 2.1L
Presented in oak gift case

***100 Points - Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, January 2018***
***98 Points - Derek Smedley MW***
***19.5 - Richard Mayson***
***18.5 - Jancis Robinson***

Graham’s ‘The Stone Terraces’ 2016 Vintage Port is a sublime, inspirational wine! It displays a deep purple colour, so concentrated as to be opaque, with a delightful aroma of orange blossom and peach. Opulent, silky smooth, yet concentrated black fruit flavours seduce the palate. Schist tannins reveal a beautifully sculpted structure, the lovely acidity giving effortless balance.

The 2016 Vintage is the third ‘Stone Terraces’ Vintage Port produced by Graham’s.
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Price: £695.00
Stock: 5 in Stock

Graham's Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1 x 600cl Bottle Case ONE ONLY

**** One Only - A rare Methuselah 600cl of Graham 2016 ***

*** 99 Points - James Suckling ***
***99 Points-Derek Smedley MW***
***96 Points-Neal Martin, Vinous.com***
***19/20 Points-Richard Mayson***

A quite brilliant Graham’s, one of the ports of the vintage, with fantastically clear cut, leafy black berry and blackcurrant aromas, fabulous sweetness on the palate, but also lift and elegance. “I think this could be one of the best we’ve ever made” Paul Symington told us. “on a par with the ’63, ’70 and ‘94”. Seriously deep and resonant, with palate staining richness that moves from blackcurrant to plum, then to chocolate and cherry on an exceptionally long finish.
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Price: £875.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Graham's Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x37.5cl HALF Bottle

*** 99 Points - James Suckling ***
***99 Points-Derek Smedley MW***
***96 Points-Neal Martin, Vinous.com***
***19/20 Points-Richard Mayson***

A quite brilliant Graham’s, one of the ports of the vintage, with fantastically clear cut, leafy black berry and blackcurrant aromas, fabulous sweetness on the palate, but also lift and elegance. “I think this could be one of the best we’ve ever made” Paul Symington told us. “on a par with the ’63, ’70 and ‘94”. Seriously deep and resonant, with palate staining richness that moves from blackcurrant to plum, then to chocolate and cherry on an exceptionally long finish.
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Price: £41.60
Stock: 102 in Stock

Graham's Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x75cl Bottle

*** 99 Points - James Suckling ***
***99 Points-Derek Smedley MW***
***96 Points-Neal Martin, Vinous.com***
***19/20 Points-Richard Mayson***

A quite brilliant Graham’s, one of the ports of the vintage, with fantastically clear cut, leafy black berry and blackcurrant aromas, fabulous sweetness on the palate, but also lift and elegance. “I think this could be one of the best we’ve ever made” Paul Symington told us. “on a par with the ’63, ’70 and ‘94”. Seriously deep and resonant, with palate staining richness that moves from blackcurrant to plum, then to chocolate and cherry on an exceptionally long finish.
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Price: £89.95
Stock: 9 in Stock

Kopke Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x75cl Bottle
Presented in original Kopke Gift Box

The Kopke Vintage Port 2016 is firm, intense, crunchy, unctuous and fresh. It’s multi-layered in flavours, firm tannins and has an excellent balance between sweetness and acidity.

The winemaker Carlos Alves comments:
"A deep black colour. An intense and complex nose, laden with very ripe black fruit – plums, blackberries and cherries. Notes of cocoa, black pepper and a soft hint of violet. Unctuous and vigorous, it has several layers of flavours, firm tannins and excellent balance between sweetness and acidity. A long, deep and fresh finish."

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Price: £54.95
Stock: 35 in Stock

Kopke Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x150cl Bottle (MAGNUM FORMAT)
Presented in original Kopke Gift Box

The Kopke Vintage Port 2016 is firm, intense, crunchy, unctuous and fresh. It’s multi-layered in flavours, firm tannins and has an excellent balance between sweetness and acidity.

The winemaker Carlos Alves comments:
"A deep black colour. An intense and complex nose, laden with very ripe black fruit – plums, blackberries and cherries. Notes of cocoa, black pepper and a soft hint of violet. Unctuous and vigorous, it has several layers of flavours, firm tannins and excellent balance between sweetness and acidity. A long, deep and fresh finish."

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Price: £99.50
Stock: 12 in Stock