Late Bottled Vintage is sold as a compromise between vintage port and barrel port. Late Bottled Vintage is a wine from a good year, which is stored in barrels. Instead of bottling the port after two years, you wait until the port is around 4-6 years.
At Quinta do Pégo this special Late Bottled Vintage is made due to the fact that 2005 was an extremely good year with perfect weather conditions.
Mainly Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Cão and Tinta Roriz grapes have been used for this port and all grapes are grown at Quinta do Pégo’s A classified vineyards in the Douro Valley in Portugal.
It is an elegant and extraordinairy port with very nice deep red colour, fresh bouquet of ripe red fruits such as blackcurrant with mineral notes. It is a wonderful and well structured port with full-bodied taste of chocolate and candied fruits and silky but still firm tannins and a pleasant and persistent finish. The taste is just as good as many vintage ports.
This port is ready to drink now if you want a young, concentrated and very fruity taste. But if you prefer a more mature and soft port, you should wait a couple of years – and then remember that decanting is necessary in order to avoid the natural depôt which arises because the wine is unfiltered (like vintage port). That is one of the reasons why it is possible to obtain this extremely high quality.
This port is perfect as an ”after-dinner-drink”, but it is also very good together with for instance chocolate desserts and cheese.
Type: Semi dry – Dry
Residual sugar: App. 106,5 g./ltr.
Drink: Now – 2017