2016 Port Vintage Report

2015-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)

71 products found.

2016 Quinta do Noval Port, 2016

Vintage Port
Presented in a Deluxe Gift Box with Wine Accessories
Special Offer | WAS £89.95 | Now £79.95

*** 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: £79.95
Stock: 19 in Stock

Burmester Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x150cl (Magnum Format)

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: £89.95
Stock: 10 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: £49.95
Stock: 5 in Stock

Burmester Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 3x150cl (Magnum Format) Bottle Case

Just 5 magnum cases allocated to the whole UK market. An amazing value port rated in the outstanding category.

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: £245.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Calem Port, 2016

Vintage Port 6x75cl Bottle Case
Individually gift-boxed bottles

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: £275.00
Stock: 7 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: 2 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: £79.50
Stock: 21 in Stock

Cockburn Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 6x75cl Bottle Case

*** 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: £359.00
Stock: 6 in Stock

Croft Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 6x75cl Bottle Case
DELIVERY EARLY 2019

***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: £325.00
Stock: 10 in Stock

Croft Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 3x150cl (MAGNUM Format) Bottle Case
DELIVERY EARLY 2019

***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: £355.00
Stock: 3 in Stock

Croft Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 12x37.5cl Half Bottle Case
DELIVERY EARLY 2019

***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: £325.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Croft Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x75cl Bottle
DELIVERY EARLY 2019

***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: £59.95
Stock: 22 in Stock

Croft Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x300cl DOUBLE MAGNUM Bottle
DELIVERY EARLY 2019

***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
DELIVERY EARLY 2019

***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: £29.95
Stock: 11 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: £79.50
Stock: 18 in Stock

Dow's Port, 2016

Vintage Port - Half Bottle (37.5cl)

***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: £39.50
Stock: 18 in Stock

Dow's Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x150cl Magnum 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: £149.00
Stock: 3 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 - 6x75cl Bottle Case

***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: £449.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Fladgate Vintage Port Presentation Case, 2016

New

Vintage Port Collection (3x75cl)
2016 Taylor's + 2016 Fonseca + 2016 croft in presentation box
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: £245.00
Stock: 4 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 6x75cl Bottle Case
DELIVERY EARLY 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: £445.00
Stock: 9 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 3x150cl (Magnum Format) Bottle Case
DELIVERY EARLY 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: £425.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 2016

Vintage Port 300cl (Double Magnum Format) Bottle case
DELIVERY EARLY 2019

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 - 12x37.5cl (Half Bottle) Case
DELIVERY EARLY 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: £429.00
Stock: 3 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 2016

Vintage Port - 1x75cl Bottle
DELIVERY EARLY 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: £74.95
Stock: 10 in Stock