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Taylors Quinta de Vargellas Port

The Experience

Drink When...
Worshipping
Listen To...
Faith by George Michael
Think About...
Having faith
Drink With...
Creamy blue cheeses

The Oddbins Take

Quinta de Vargellas has gone through some changes over the years, the vineyards date back to 1820 when the wines were sold to the English market. After the vineyards were devastated by the phylloxera disease in the 1880s, a couple of blokes armed with faith and dedication decided to attempt to rebuild these vineyards. Now, the Vargellas vineyards produce sophisticated Ports from vines up to 75 years old, with a focus on sustainability. The 2002 vintage is particularly intense, with rich raisin-y fruit and lots of sweet spices. We say thank you, Taylor Fladgate and Yeatman, for having faith and slogging it out.

The Vital Statistics

Country
Portugal
Classification
DO Douro
Vintage
2002
Drink
Can Be Drunk Now - Will Evolve Over the Next 6 Years
Closure
Cork
Bottle Size
Regular - 750ml
Residual Sugar
15.4
20.5%
Alcohol Units
15.4

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The Style

Grape
Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca
Oak
Body
Light Full bodied
Sweetness
Dry Sweet

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Quinta de Vargellas is located in the Eastern part of the Douro, the landscape here is hilly and the vines are north facing, overlooking the River Douro. The area has been famous for making port since the 1820s and the climate, soils and low yields are perfect for creating rich, luscious port.

The area of Douro where the Vargellas vineyard is located is known as Douro Superior and there are few port houses there. The ports of Vargellas have been exported to the United Kingdom since the 1820s since Bernardo de Brito e Cunha sold his wine on the English market in 1823. The Vargellas vineyards were bought by Taylor Fladgate and Yeatman in 1893 with the intention to rebuild a working estate after the devastating effects of Phylloxera. Dick Yeatman took over from his father Frank in 1927 and decided to plant each plot with a single variety, this was innovative at the time.

The estate has grown significantly over the years and the focus is on sustainability and protecting the environment; the wine makers avoid the use of harmful chemicals and the vineyard is interspersed with natural woodland to attract wildlife.

The Quinta de Vargellas 2002 is a richly spiced port which is sweetly spiced, it has structured tannins and flavours of raisins and currants. This port is perfect with a board of strong, creamy cheeses.


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