Sogevinus has declared 2019 a vintage year for four of its Port wines, which will be available at the end of 2021. The Portuguese wine group, which owns Port labels Kopke, Burmester, Cálem and Barros, will launch two Single Quinta Vintages, Kopke Quinta de São Luiz 2019 and Burmester Quinta do Arnozelo 2019, along with two Classic Vintages under its Casas Cálem and Barros ranges.
“The long period of ripening in 2019, the attention to detail in each plot and close monitoring of the grapes’ maturation, were all key factors for achieving very aromatic wines with freshness, assertive tannins and a great depth of colour, thus producing Ports with great ageing potential,” said Márcio Nóbrega, head of viticulture at Sogevinus Fine.
“The 2019 vintage has produced wines that are extremely clean on the nose, concentrated in colour and fresh on the palate,” said Carlos Alves, Master Blender & Port wine Winemaker at Sogevinus Fine Wines. Adding, “The absence of rain accompanied by high temperatures, normal in the Douro region, along with cool nights, contrasted with the excesses seen in the summers of recent years.”
Carlos describes The Kopke, Quinta de São Luiz Vintage Port 2019 as “a firm, fresh and intense Vintage that shows great balance.” Quinta de São Luiz, the historical vineyard of the house of Kopke, is located on the left bank of the Douro River in the Cima Corgo sub-region. Dark black in color with hints of violet, this Vintage seduces with its aromatic richness, floral aromas, hints of menthol, black fruit notes including blueberry and hints of smoke. On the palate, it reveals assertive acidity combined with intense tannins, marking the style of the Vintage Single Quinta da Casa Kopke. The fresh fruit is delicate, and the finish is long, suggesting great potential for aging.
The Burmester, Quinta do Arnozelo Vintage 2019 is described as a “A very elegant, floral and fresh wine.” An intense red hue with violet tints, the wine takes on the Burmester profile in a more elegant and fragrant profile where, in addition to the notes of tropical fruit, floral notes, orange blossom nuances, cassis, rosemary, fruits of the forest and plums stand out. A wine of great finesse, it features muscular tannin with light notes of liquorice and fresh fruit. It has a long and elegant finish.
The Sogevinus 2019 Port vintages will be released onto the market in the last quarter of 2021. For more information check out the official website.