Croft 2017 Vintage Port is released for sale.
The Taylor Fladgate Partnership 2017 Vintage Port Declaration has all the hallmarks of the 2016 Vintage Ports, which were elegant and harmonious, had purity of fruit, a vibrant acidity and firm, beautifully integrated tannins that were of great quality. In contrast, the 2017s are classic ‘old school’ Vintage Ports, deep and intense, with rich, dark, multi-layered fruit and powerful, compact tannins.
Croft is dense inky core fading to a magenta rim. A seductive nose, ripe and voluptuous but with the depth and density characteristic of the 2017 vintage. As usual, plump, juicy blackcurrant, black cherry and raspberry form the backdrop. However, the nose is soon drawn into a vortex of heady, complex aroma in which resiny scents of eucalyptus and gumcistus blend with pungent notes of sage and mint, fresh hints of grapefruit and a mellow spiciness. On the palate, firm, sinewy tannins are wrapped in a thick envelope of dense, velvety texture. As is often the case, this is one of the most exotic and beguiling wines of the vintage. However, it is also a weighty wine, dense and deeply coloured, with the concentration and stamina to ensure a long life in bottle. One of the finest Croft Vintages of recent years.
“Deep purple with wide purple rim. The most red-fruited of all the Fladgate 2017s so far but lots of sweet black cherry too. Much more gentle on the palate than the Fonseca and Taylor’s and less obvious length, or at least much softer and chocolatey as it fades on the palate. This is all about the fruit and has lovely freshness and lively fruit purity. Mouth-watering finish of sweet-sour cherry flavours. Drink 2027-47. 18 points.”
Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, June 2019.
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Offered for sale ‘En Primeur’ under bond. Price shown is per case (6x75cl bottles) and excludes UK duty and VAT which will be charged at the prevailing rate when the wine is released from bond. Onward delivery from bond charges are not included, free delivery on orders above £100 does not apply. Reward Card points are not accruable or redeemable on ‘En Primeur’ or In Bond sales.