Churchill’s Vintage Port 1997
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.
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.
A field blend of old vineyards (av. Age 40-50 years old) including many grape varieties such as Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca e Tinto Cão.
Approachable at 15-20 years old from 2012-2017 with peak drinking at 30-40 years of age from 2027-2037.
After fermentation, the wine goes through an ageing period of two years in big capacity “tonéis” ,(seasoned oak vats) for a period of two years prior to bottling.
RECOMMENDED SERVING TEMPERATURE
Serve at room temperature (18 °C)
Decant this Port Wine before serving
Appreciate Vintage Port 1997 on its own after lunch or dinner.