Churchill’s Vintage Port 1997
Throughout May, if you buy a case (6 bottles) of Churchill’s 1997 Vintage Port, you can send a complimentary bottle of the same to a nominated friend. Our team will contact you with details once the purchase is completed. 10% of proceeds from the promotion will go to mental health organisations that are helping people deal with isolation during lock-down. Read more about Fortify a Friend initiative here.
All Churchill’s ports are made from Grade-A grapes that are hand-picked, hand-sorted, and foot trod in the ancient granite lagares (treading tanks). We allow an extended period of fermentation in lagares to limit the amount of brandy required in fortification and leading to a drier style of port.
Churchill’s 1997 is a Vintage Port wine in the classic style; not as ripe as the 1994 but with a concentration of fresher “greener” fruit. It has what we call in the trade a “steel girder”; i.e. a good tannin structure which binds and balances the fruit and ensures good ageing potential.
Including Gold medal at IWC; Gold medal at MundusVini
Old vineyards from the sub-region of Cima Corgo in the Douro region, combining the more mature power of Água Alta with the elegant aromatically “green tea” styles of Manuela and Fojo.
20% Touriga Nacional, 20% Touriga Franca, 20% Tinta Roriz, 20% Tinto Cão, 20% Tinta Barroca.
Like all other Churchill’s Ports, the component wines of this Vintage Port have been treaded by foot in traditional granite lagares (treading tanks). The young port spent its first winter in the Douro and then was transported in the early spring to our ageing lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia (Porto). Here it matured in seasoned oak vats for one year, at which point the decision was made that the wine was of such quality to declare a Vintage Year. At this point, they were bottled and stored in our cellars.
Store lying down in cellar conditions. Will age beautifully in bottle for 50+ years. Approachable at 15-20 years old from 2012-2017 with peak drinking at 30-40 years of age from 2027-2037.
Stand the bottle upright for a few hours before decanting. Best decanted at least two hours before service.Serve at room temperature (16-18ºC).
We practice sustainable agricultural methods certified by the SATIVA institute. Our ports are produced with only indigenous-yeast fermentation. Our wines do not contain, or are produced, with genetically modified organisms or substances with origin in. No animal products are used.