Delaforce, Vintage Port, Douro, Portugal, 2011
The iconic Real Companhia Velha is the oldest wine company in Portugal, with a history of over 260 years of port production.
Founded in 1756 by the Portuguese Prime Minister Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, Marquis of Pombal (called Douro Wine Company back then) to regulate the trade and production of all Port wine. One of the first official duties of the company was the delineation of the boundaries of the Douro wine region. This act essentially made the Douro the world's first regional appellation. Today this company represents some of the finest Quintas in the Douro. Prestigious and experienced, they have been able to preserve and honour the traditional winemaking while investing in the future with constant modernisation and experimentation in their vineyards.
Overarching some of best Quintas in the Douro, they have been able to preserve and honour the tradition of winemaking while investing in the future, with constant modernisation and experimentation at their vineyards.
Once the grapes have been crushed, the fermentation starts to convert the natural sugar of the grape juice into alcohol. At this time, the grape skins must be constantly submerged in the fermenting wine so that they release the natural substances which give the wine its structure, colour and flavour. For Delaforce’ s most prestigious wines this is done by foot treading, an expensive but very effective method. Other wines are made in specially designed fermentation tanks. When about half of the natural sugar of the grape juice has been fermented, a small amount of clean and neutral grape spirit is added to the wine. This fortification, as it is known, stops the fermentation and preserves some of the natural sweetness of the grape in the finished wine. The wine is then left to settle in large vats until early the following year when it is taken down to the coast to age in the cool and tranquil wine cellars, known as ‘lodges’, in Vila Nova de Gaia.
This Vintage Port presents a beautiful purplish colour.Restrained and austererity define its bouquet which opens up to unveil aromas of sweet and spiced fruit, leading to an opulent, complex and structured palate. Its tannins are evident in a sweet and vibrant form.
Serve with blue cheese, mature cheddar, nuts, and chocolate desserts.
Wine Advocate 90 Points
Powerfully fruity, with deep, rich flavors of dark plum, raspberry preserves and violet, accented by plenty of ripe, spicy notes. Dark chocolate and all spice accents linger on the long finish, revealing hints of cardamom and ginger. Best from 2020 through 2040. 500 cases made. 90 Points, KM.
James Suckling 94 Points
A pureness and focus to this young vintage Port makes it exceptional. Aromas of blueberries and raspberries. Full body, medium sweet with an integrated fruit and tanning structure. Lasts for minutes on the palate. Extremely well-made. 500 cases produced of this foot-trodden wine. 94 Points, JS.
6 x 75cl