2018 Port Vintage Report

The 2018 Vintage is aptly described by wine makers as a "rollercoaster of a vintage". A drought throughout winter gave way to exceptionally high rainfall and hale in spring. This was followed by sporadic heatwaves throughout summer. Fortunately the spring rains had replenished the water table and the grapes were healthy when it came to selection. In an unusual year such as 2018, the winemakers skills and experience are critical in producing a good wine. Those winemakers who carefully selected grapes prospered. As a result, there is no defining characteristic of the vintage as a whole, such as would be found in a long hot summer. Instead there are some very interesting ports that are more representative of the terroir.

After a run of declared vintages 2016/17 it was highly unlikely that 2018 would be universally declared. Sandeman who did not declare their outstanding 2017 were the fist to declare a classic vintage. This was followed by Sogevinous (Calem, Kopke, Burmester, Barros), Quevedo and regular declarations from Vesuvio and Noval. Surprisingly Taylors declared their 2018 (following 16/17) but will not sell it until 2021. QUANTITIES ARE TINY. Whether it's due to careful selection, Corona virus or just a desire not to overload the market, producers have only produced a fraction of normal volumes (roughly 1/3 of normal production). Read more in our 2018 Vintage Port blog


28 products found.

Sandeman Port, 2018

Vintage Port
Case of (6 x 75) including VAT DUTY and delivery to a UK address.
Shipping expected Oct Nov 2020.

2018 Sandeman Vintage Port. Sandeman did not produce a 2017 Classic Vintage Port in the knowledge that they had something better in the cask. The Single Quinta they produced in 2017 was in my top three Ports of the vintage so everything is looking good for the 2018. The price tag of the 2018 is hefty - well above other declared ports in this year. Early reviews appear to indicate that it merits it status.

Wine Makers Notes.
On the nose intense and precise aromas of blackberry and black cherry combine with herbal nuances, spice and cocoa. On the palate it has a powerful attack, with a lively acidity and firm but ripe tannins.
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Price: £555.00
Stock: 15 in Stock

Sandeman Port, 2018

Vintage Port
In Original Sandeman Gift Box

2018 Sandeman Vintage Port. Sandeman did not produce a 2017 Classic Vintage Port in the knowledge that they had something better in the cask. The Single Quinta they produced in 2017 was in my top three Ports of the vintage so everything is looking good for the 2018. The price tag of the 2018 is hefty - well above other declared ports in this year. Early reviews appear to indicate that it merits it status.

Wine Makers Notes.
On the nose intense and precise aromas of blackberry and black cherry combine with herbal nuances, spice and cocoa. On the palate it has a powerful attack, with a lively acidity and firm but ripe tannins.
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Price: £119.00
Stock: 21 in Stock

Barros Port, 2018

Vintage Port Single Bottle
Includes Gift Box as Shown
Multibuy Offer | Buy 6 or more and save 10%

Richard Mayson 16/20
A blend of 35% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Franca and 30% Tinta Roriz, with 5% Sousão from the Cima Corgo: mid-deep, youthful crimson colour; open juicy berry fruit on the nose; soft initially on the palate, ripe raspberryish fruit backed by chalky tannins with a lovely juicy – spicy finish, mid-weight for drinking over the medium term. 3734 bottles produced.

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Price: £49.95
Stock: 69 in Stock
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Burmester Port, 2018

Quinta do Arnozelo Vintage Port
In Presentation Box
Multibuy Offer | Buy 6 or more and save 10%

the 2018 Burmester Vintage port is exclusive to VWP. Due to the small production we have been nominated as the exclusive UK stockists for the 2018 Burmester Vintage Port.

The 2018 Burmester Vintage port is elegant, aromatic and of great finesse. A wine that is the reflection of Casa Burmester's character and of the Quinta do Arnozelo's exceptional terroir.

6405 bottles of this Burmester Quinta do Arnozelo Vintage 2018 Port were produced, in a category that is increasingly becoming a classic of this Port house.


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Price: £46.95
Stock: 117 in Stock
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Calem Port, 2018

Vintage Port
Single Bottle
Includes Gift Box as Shown
Multibuy Offer | Buy 6 or more and save 10%

the 2018 Calem Vintage port is exclusive to VWP. Due to the small production we have been nominated as the exclusive UK stockists for the 2018 Calem Vintage Port. Only 20 cases (6x75) have been allocated to the UK Market.


Cálem Classic Vintage Ports are born in the Douro Superior and reflect a myriad of terroirs that make up the classic profileof the label. The result of a blend from different plots of the varieties Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Sousão, Cálem 2018 Vintage Port maintains the identity of the Port house. Concentrated and with a deep purple colour, this Vintage stands out for its aromas of intense ripe black fruit, entwined with pleasant notes of spice and cocoa.
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Price: £44.95
Stock: 83 in Stock
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Croft Port, 2018

Quinta da Roêda single-quinta Port
6x 75cl Case
Includes Duty VAT and delivery to A UK Mainland Address
Delivery Autumn 2021.

We are delighted to offer the Croft Quinta da Roêda single-quinta Port. The price includes DUTY, VAT and delivery to a UK Mainland address.



TASTING NOTE Very deep purple black at the centre, with a narrow purple red rim. Although the nose displays the seductive, opulent red fruit character which is a familiar feature of Roêda vintage ports, there are also intense, woodland berry aromas which add focus and finesse. As usual, the fruit is wrapped in an envelope of exotic balsamic, minty, eucalyptus scents. The first impression on the palate is of roundness and a rich, velvety texture but there is excellent acidity and well-integrated grippy tannins which emerge on the finish.
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Price: £135.00
Stock: 47 in Stock

Croft Port, 2018

Quinta da Roêda single-quinta Port
12 x 37.5cl Case HALVES
Includes Duty VAT and delivery to A UK Mainland Address
Delivery Autumn 2021.

We are delighted to offer the Croft Quinta da Roêda single-quinta Port. The price includes DUTY, VAT and delivery to a UK Mainland address.
PLease note we can supply these In Bond - Please contact us for prices.



TASTING NOTE Very deep purple black at the centre, with a narrow purple red rim. Although the nose displays the seductive, opulent red fruit character which is a familiar feature of Roêda vintage ports, there are also intense, woodland berry aromas which add focus and finesse. As usual, the fruit is wrapped in an envelope of exotic balsamic, minty, eucalyptus scents. The first impression on the palate is of roundness and a rich,
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Price: £139.60
Stock: 49 in Stock

Dow's Port, 2018

Senhora da Ribeira Vintage Port
Single Bottle
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The 2018 Quinta Senhora da Ribeira represents just 8% of the Quinta's production. It is more compact, a bit more standoffish compared to some of the other single quinta 2018s that I tasted. It gradually warms up, revealing marine notes, seaweed and oyster shells tincturing the black fruit. The palate is super-smooth on the entry with plush, saturated tannins, quite spicy and peppery with an assertive, structured finish that is quintessentially Dow's. Superb. 410 cases produced.

One of the classic Douro riverside quintas, Senhora da Ribeira was acquired by George Warre for Dow’s in 1890. Since then, Senhora da Ribeira has been a fundamental component of Dow’s Vintage Ports.
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Price: £89.95
Stock: 8 in Stock
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Dow's Port, 2018

Senhora da Ribeira Vintage Port
MAGNUM 1.5LT

The 2018 Quinta Senhora da Ribeira represents just 8% of the Quinta's production. It is more compact, a bit more standoffish compared to some of the other single quinta 2018s that I tasted. It gradually warms up, revealing marine notes, seaweed and oyster shells tincturing the black fruit. The palate is super-smooth on the entry with plush, saturated tannins, quite spicy and peppery with an assertive, structured finish that is quintessentially Dow's. Superb. 410 cases produced.

One of the classic Douro riverside quintas, Senhora da Ribeira was acquired by George Warre for Dow’s in 1890. Since then, Senhora da Ribeira has been a fundamental component of Dow’s Vintage Ports.
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Price: £139.00
Stock: 5 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 2018

Guimaraens Single Quinta Vintage Port
6 x 75cl
Offered Duty Paid Including Duty, VAT and UK mainland delivery
Delivery Autumn 2021

We are delighted to offer the new release of Fonseca Guimaraens. These are offered Duty Paid including delivery to a UK mainland address.

Fonseca will release a 2018 Guimaraens Vintage Port, the first bottling under the Guimaraens label since 2015. Adrian Bridge remarked, “I am delighted that we are releasing Guimaraens Vintage from 2018. The Guimaraens concept is unique, a wine with the same make up and character as the classic Fonseca Vintages but made in a more approachable, early drinking style.” David Guimaraens added, “I believe that the 2018 is one of the finest recent examples of a Guimaraens Vintage, with its rich, dense woodland fruit and sturdy but well integrated tannins.
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Price: £169.50
Stock: 37 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 2018

Guimaraens Single Quinta Vintage Port
6 x 75cl
IN BOND PRICE
Delivery Autumn 2021

We are delighted to offer the new release of Fonseca Guimaraens. These are offered In Bond - please note that Duty VAT and delivery will need to paid on release

Fonseca will release a 2018 Guimaraens Vintage Port, the first bottling under the Guimaraens label since 2015. Adrian Bridge remarked, “I am delighted that we are releasing Guimaraens Vintage from 2018. The Guimaraens concept is unique, a wine with the same make up and character as the classic Fonseca Vintages but made in a more approachable, early drinking style.” David Guimaraens added, “I believe that the 2018 is one of the finest recent examples of a Guimaraens Vintage, with its rich, dense woodland fruit and sturdy but well integrated tannins.
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Price: £115.00
Stock: 21 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 2018

Guimaraens Single Quinta Vintage Port
12 x 37.5cl HALVES
Offered Duty Paid Including Duty, VAT and UK mainland delivery
Delivery Autumn 2021

We are delighted to offer the new release of Fonseca Guimaraens. These are offered Duty Paid including delivery to a UK mainland address.

Fonseca will release a 2018 Guimaraens Vintage Port, the first bottling under the Guimaraens label since 2015. Adrian Bridge remarked, “I am delighted that we are releasing Guimaraens Vintage from 2018. The Guimaraens concept is unique, a wine with the same make up and character as the classic Fonseca Vintages but made in a more approachable, early drinking style.” David Guimaraens added, “I believe that the 2018 is one of the finest recent examples of a Guimaraens Vintage, with its rich, dense woodland fruit and sturdy but well integrated tannins.
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Price: £175.00
Stock: 20 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 2018

Guimaraens Single Quinta Vintage Port
12 x 37.5cl HALVES
IN BOND PRICE
Delivery Autumn 2021

We are delighted to offer the new release of Fonseca Guimaraens. These are offered In Bond - please note that Duty VAT and delivery will need to paid on release

Fonseca will release a 2018 Guimaraens Vintage Port, the first bottling under the Guimaraens label since 2015. Adrian Bridge remarked, “I am delighted that we are releasing Guimaraens Vintage from 2018. The Guimaraens concept is unique, a wine with the same make up and character as the classic Fonseca Vintages but made in a more approachable, early drinking style.” David Guimaraens added, “I believe that the 2018 is one of the finest recent examples of a Guimaraens Vintage, with its rich, dense woodland fruit and sturdy but well integrated tannins.
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Price: £120.00
Stock: 25 in Stock

Kopke Port, 2018

Quinta de Sao Luiz Vintage Port Single Bottle
Includes Gift Box as Shown
Multibuy Offer | Buy 6 or more and save 10%

the 2018 Kopke Vintage port is exclusive to VWP. Due to the small production we have been nominated as the exclusive UK stockists for the 2018 Kopke Vintage Port.

The 2018 Kopke is concentrated, surprisingly fresh and with a crispy acidity. This is Quinta de Sao Luiz 2018 Vintage Port.

TASTING NOTES
Concentrated and with a deep dark colour, fresh and exuberant on the nose with layered notes of black fruit, this Vintage stands out for its structure and balance, whilst delivering firm tannins, true to the style of Kopke's Vintage Single Quinta. Its crispy acidity combined with the layered Flavours of fruit fresh make this wine engaging, and the intense finish anticipates great ageing potential.
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Price: £59.95
Stock: 64 in Stock
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Offley Vintage Port, 2018

Vintage Port
Case of (6 x 75) including VAT DUTY and delivery to a UK address.
Shipping expected Oct Nov 2020.

2018 Offley Vintage Port. Offley was declared alongside Sandeman - they are both owned by Sogrape. Offley did not declare in 2017 as the winemaker Luís Sottemayer recognised that the 2018 Offley was outstanding quality at an early stage and was already confident about the 2018 declaration last year, in the midst of the multiple 2017 declarations.

Wine Makers Notes
Offley 2018 has deep colour, almost opaque. Aromas of good intensity and complexity, with floral and balsamic notes together with heather, resin, red berries and a light spice. On the palate it has good volume, lively acidity, firm tannins, red berries and black fruits, with a very long, harmonious finish.
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Price: £325.00
Stock: 12 in Stock

Pocas Port, 2018

Vintage Port

Ruby colour. Good aromatic intensity. Notes of ripe fruit. Good freshness and balance, with pronounced tannin and ripe red fruit.
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Price: £39.95
Stock: 52 in Stock

Quevedo, 2018

Sale

Vintage Port Single Bottle 75cl
Special Offer | Was £42.95 | now £32.95

Oscar and Claudia Quevedo have recently declared their 2018 Quevedo Vintage port. This follows their acclaimed 2017 Vintage.

2018 was a roller-coaster of a year with an exceptionally wet spring followed by a summer punctuated by heatwaves. Whilst not a general declaration, the ports we have tasted are excellent. Quevedo, who have a several prime vineyards, each with their own micro-climate, were able to select the best grapes to blend into their vintage and the result is a port worthy of its declaration.

Tasting Notes:
The 2018 Quevedo Vintage port is big and bold on the palate with tons of opulent black fruit.
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Price: £32.95
Stock: 105 in Stock

Quevedo, 2018

Vintage Port - MAGNUM Bottle (1.5L)
Special Offer | Includes FREE 90ml Cask Sample

Please note that these are MAGNUM (1.5lt Bottles )

Oscar and Claudia Quevedo have recently declared their 2018 Quevedo Vintage port. This follows their acclaimed 2017 Vintage.

We are pleased to offer new release of Quevedo 2018 Vintage. We have included a FREE 2018 Cask Sample so that you can taste this outstanding port when it arrives without opening any bottles.

2018 was a roller-coaster of a year with an exceptionally wet spring followed by a summer punctuated by heatwaves. Whilst not a general declaration, the ports we have tasted are excellent. Quevedo, who have a several prime vineyards,
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Price: £79.95
Stock: 39 in Stock

Quevedo, 2018

Vintage Port - HALF Bottle (37.5cl)

Please note that these are HALF Bottles (37.5cl Bottles )

Oscar and Claudia Quevedo have recently declared their 2018 Quevedo Vintage port. This follows their acclaimed 2017 Vintage.

2018 was a roller-coaster of a year with an exceptionally wet spring followed by a summer punctuated by heatwaves. Whilst not a general declaration, the ports we have tasted are excellent. Quevedo, who have a several prime vineyards, each with their own micro-climate, were able to select the best grapes to blend into their vintage and the result is a port worthy of its declaration.

Tasting Notes:
The 2018 Quevedo Vintage port is big and bold on the palate with tons of opulent black fruit.
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Price: £21.95
Stock: 22 in Stock

Quinta de la Rosa, 2018

Vintage Port

La Rosa's classic house style achieved by slow maceration in traditional granite 'Lagares' has produced a wine full of luscious forward fruit with a very attractive nose and a long velvety slightly drier finish across the palate

La Rosa is a vertically integrated Quinta rising to 450 metres above sea level, boasting many hidden micro climates within its cirtilage. Where possible we vintage and mature these small 'lotes' separately in order to achieve the maximum complexity in the finished ports, which would not have been possible from a less diversely planted property.

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Price: £54.95
Stock: 59 in Stock

Quinta do Noval, 2018

Vintage Port
SINGLE BOTTLE 75cl

Only 1800 cases of the Quinta do Noval 2018 were made. The UK (and our) allocation is tiny and so in order to ensure that as many customers benefit we are limiting our offer to a maximum of 1 case per customer. Because of the current crisis we are offering these delivered duty paid including VAT. The duty delivery and VAT are included in the price. If you have purchased from us in-bond in the past please contact us.

Noval has had a run of vintage port declarations in recent years and 2018 is no exception. Only 1600 cases have been produced from the 2018 harvest and quantities are tiny. Managing director Christian Selly offers his insight into the vintage: ‘Like 2017, 2018 was a year of low yields, but for different reasons.
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Price: £79.00
Stock: 52 in Stock

Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port, 2018

Vintage Port (single bottle)
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The 2018 Quinta do Vesuvio is one of my top Port wines of the 2018 vintage. Flamboyant, full of concentration lovely violet nose and absolutely loaded with red fruit at this early stage. Tannins are finely resolved and should provide the structure for the wine to develop. Only 965 cases made so will be in short supply 95/100. TC VWP June 2020


Reviews

Richard Mayson
Quinta do Vesúvio 2018 *****
A blend of 54% Touriga Nacional, 40% Touriga Franca / Alicante Bouschet (co-fermented) and 6%
Sousão (for freshness), predominantly from cooler north / north -west facing vineyards:
Beautifully lifted, scented floral aromas (rose petals), vinous and overt;
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Price: £79.00
Stock: 46 in Stock
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Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port, 2018

Vintage Port Magnum 150cl

The 2018 Quinta do Vesuvio is one of my top Port wines of the 2018 vintage. Flamboyant, full of concentration lovely violet nose and absolutely loaded with red fruit at this early stage. Tannins are finely resolved and should provide the structure for the wine to develop. Only 965 cases made so will be in short supply 95/100. TC VWP June 2020


Reviews

Richard Mayson
Quinta do Vesúvio 2018 *****
A blend of 54% Touriga Nacional, 40% Touriga Franca / Alicante Bouschet (co-fermented) and 6%
Sousão (for freshness), predominantly from cooler north / north -west facing vineyards:
Beautifully lifted, scented floral aromas (rose petals), vinous and overt;
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Price: £149.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Ramos Pinto, 2018

Quinta do Bom Retiro 2018 Vintage Port (3x75 cl)
Offered Duty Paid including VAT.

Ramos Pinto is delighted to announce the release of the 2018 Quinta do Bom Retiro 2018 Vintage Port, this is only the second release from the single Quinta in over two decades.
Quinta do Bom Retiro is only produced in exceptional years from the best plots on the Bom Retiro estate The estate dates back to 1789 when Queen D. Maria I included the Quinta in the Feitoria Demarcated Region. With a total of 110 hectares, 64 planted to vines with an average age of 40 years, the Quinta has a long history of producing exceptional vintage ports.

Ramos Pinto has always been a pioneer in the Douro, Bom Retiro was the Quinta first to use new planting methods suited to the terroir of the Douro.
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Price: £195.00
Stock: 5 in Stock

Taylor's Port, 2018

Vintage Port
6 x 75 cl
Duty Paid including VAT and UK Mainland delivery. En-primeur for delivery in Autumn 2021

Taylor’s has announced that it will release a classic Taylor’s Vintage Port from 2018. We are delighted to offer it En-primeur for delivery in Autumn 2021. We are offering them DUTY PAID but can offer them in Bond if preferred.

This is the third consecutive declaration by Taylor's a highly unusual event. The release has been delayed due to the current situation. Managing Director Adrian Bridge writes
"Adrian Bridge, Managing Director:
“Although a Classic declaration normally only happens about three times a decade, the exceptional run of years has meant that Taylor’s has been able to make a third in a row.
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Price: £425.00
Stock: 23 in Stock