23 Apr 2013
Fonseca has announced its decision to declare 2011 a vintage year by launching the classic Fonseca Vintage Port wine.
Fonseca has announced its decision to declare 2011 a vintage year, launching the classic Fonseca Vintage Port wine. Commenting on the declaration, Fonseca's General Manager said: "The excellent ripening conditions that culminated in the 2011 harvest produced classic vintage Port wines with great balance, in which the 2011 Fonseca is no exception. The dense black fruit, which is characteristic of Fonseca vintages, is well evident but, with great complexity and finesse."
David Guimaraens, Fonseca's winemaker, commented: "The ripening season was hot and dry, but the vines had at their disposal abundant underground reserves of water accumulated during the rainy spring. In this way, the vines were never under water stress and produced a perfectly ripe harvest, resulting in extraordinarily balanced and full wines. The fruit quality of the 2011 Fonseca is exceptional as well as very well integrated tannins, which give the wine volume and structure." The Fonseca Vintage blend is composed of the best wines from three properties: Quinta do Cruzeiro in the Pinhão valley, a property that has contributed to Fonseca vintages since 1912; Quinta do Panascal, Fonseca's flagship estate, and finally Quinta de Santo António.