Churchill’s Vintage Port 2014
Churchill’s 2014 has a freshness of fruit with a solid tannic structure. In style, it is more of an “old-school” Vintage; it has, what we used to call in the Trade, a “steel girder” or backbone which will ensure the excellent longevity required for maturing a classic Vintage Port.
Picked before the rain from very old vineyards located in the Douro Superior and Cima Corgo sub-regions of the Douro Valley.
A field blend of old vines including many grape varieties such as Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Francisca e Tinto Cão.
All our ports are made in “lagares” or traditional granite treading tanks. This is our preferred choice of vinification for Port. Although more costly, we believe that the thorough but gentle extraction achieved by foot-treading is still the most effective maceration process for making top quality Vintage Port. We have treading teams working throughout the day and up to 10pm each evening.
During the first six months, the young Port spent the winter months at Quinta da Gricha in oak vats, before being brought down to our lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia where it was stored in a stainless steel tank until being bottled.
This is a classic Vintage Port which will age well for over half a century.
RECOMMENDED SERVING TEMPERATURE
Serve at room temperature (16º – 18ºC).
Decant before serving.
A very deep black violet colour to the rim. On the nose, intense aromas of fresh blackberries along with notes of resin and hints of gum cistus and green tea. Powerful and compact on the palate, combining a great tannic structure with excellent natural acidity and layers of berry and floral flavours. Full of intensity, ends in a very long and persistent finish.