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)

44 products found.

2016 Quinta do Noval Port, 2016

Vintage Port

The 2016 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Wine 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. 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: £89.00
Stock: 42 in Stock

Burmester Port, 2016

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

The 2016 Burmester Vintage Port Wine 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: 8 in Stock
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Burmester Port, 2016

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

The 2016 Burmester Vintage Port Wine 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.”

Reviews
88 Points Mark Squire - Wine Advocate Jul 2018
The 2016 Vintage Port comes in at 91 grams of residual sugar. The winery suggested that this was pretty similar to the 2015 style, with this perhaps a bit more concentrated.
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Price: £59.95
Stock: 221 in Stock

Calem Port, 2016

Vintage Port
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: £59.95
Stock: 29 in Stock

Cockburn Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x75cl Bottle

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

*** 99 Points - James Suckling ***
***95 Points-Neal Martin, Vinous***
***18/20 Points- Jancis Robinson MW***
***18+ Points- Richard Mayson***
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Price: £79.50
Stock: 42 in Stock
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Croft Port, 2016

Vintage Port
97 Points-James Suckling

This 2016 Vintage Port Wine from Croft has the elegance of a classic style. It 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. A great Vintage Port.

***97 Points-James Suckling***
***94 Points-Neal Martin, vinous.com***
***91 Points-Derek
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Price: £59.95
Stock: 39 in Stock

Croft Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x150cl (MAGNUM Format) Bottle

This 2016 Vintage Port Wine from Croft has the elegance of a classic style. It 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. A great Vintage Port.

***97 Points-James Suckling***
***94 Points- Neal Martin, vinous.com***
***91
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Price: £145.00
Stock: 8 in Stock
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Croft Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x300cl DOUBLE MAGNUM Bottle

This 2016 Vintage Port Wine from Croft has the elegance of a classic style. It 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. A great Vintage Port.

***97 Points-James Suckling***
***94 Points- Neal Martin, vinous.com***
***91
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Price: £275.00
Stock: 5 in Stock

Croft Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x37.5cl HALF Bottle

This 2016 Vintage Port Wine has the elegance of a classic style. It 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. A great Vintage Port.
***97 Points-James Suckling***
***94 Points- Neal Martin, vinous.com***
***91 Points-Derek
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Price: £34.95
Stock: 13 in Stock
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Croft Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x600cl Imperiale Bottle
Please allow 10 days for delivery

This 2016 Vintage Port Wine from Croft has the elegance of a classic style. It 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. A great Vintage Port.

***97 Points-James Suckling***
***94 Points- Neal Martin, vinous.com***
***91
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Price: £595.00
Stock: 1 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: 1 in Stock

Dow's Port, 2016

Vintage Port

***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: £89.00
Stock: 33 in Stock
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Dow's Port, 2016

Vintage Port - Imperiale 6L )

***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: £895.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Ferreira, 2016

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Late Bottled Vintage Port

An intense and complex LBV from Ferreira - the first Portuguese Port House, founded in 1751. The grapes in the blend are sourced predominantly from the historic Quinta do Porto and Quinta do Caêdo estates in the Cima Corgo.

Deep ruby in colour. On the nose, intense aromas of ripe black fruits are accompanied by hints of rock rose and violet, spicy nuances and a subtle minerality. Powerful on the palate, with firm but ripe tannins and a sweetness perfectly balanced by a vibrant acidity, all culminating in a long and elegant finish.

Feature(s): Vegetarian;Vegan;Sustainable
Alcohol (ABV): 20 %
Acidity: 4.60 g/l
Residual sugar: 100.
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Price: £16.95
Stock: 28 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x150cl (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: £155.00
Stock: 15 in Stock
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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: 3 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 2016

Vintage Port 1x600cl Imperial

This 2016 Vintage Port Wine from Fonseca is a very rare imperial.

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: £795.00
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: £89.00
Stock: 53 in Stock
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Graham's Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1 x 600cl Bottle Case

**** 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: 3 in Stock

Graham's Port, 2016

Vintage Port - MAGNUM 1x150cl 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: £179.00
Stock: 5 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: 120 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: 9 in Stock
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Messias Port, 2016

Quinta Cachao Vintage Port

This 2016 Vintage Port Wine from Messias is an exceptional value port from an outstanding year!

Caves Messias is an historic family owned company that produced high quality port since 1926. Under their care and attention they have become renown for the quality of their colheitas and vintage ports at a competitive price. The grapes coming from their Quinta do Cachao Quinta do Rei Estates.

Reviews:
"With a dark red colour, this Vintage Port has an intense personality, with ripe berries aromas, jam and hints of blackberries while young, turning to a complex bouquet and full of tertiary aromas with the ageing.
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Price: £49.50
Stock: 14 in Stock

Messias Port, 2016

Vintage Port

This 2016 Vintage Port Wine from Messias is an exceptional value port from an outstanding year!

Caves Messias is an historic family owned company that produced high quality port since 1926. Under their care and attention they have become renown for the quality of their colheitas and vintage ports at a competitive price. The grapes coming from their Quinta do Cachao Quinta do Rei Estates.

Reviews:
"With a dark red colour, this Vintage Port has an intense personality, with ripe berries aromas, jam and hints of blackberries while young, turning to a complex bouquet and full of tertiary aromas with the ageing.
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Price: £44.95
Stock: 35 in Stock
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