Sandeman, Offley and Ferreira declare 2018 Vintage Port
After two exceptional years for Vintage Port, Luís Sottomayor has just announced the declaration of the 2018 vintage for Sogrape estates Sandeman, Offley and Ferreira.
"2018 is one of the best, if not the best, vintage years I have witnessed”, claims Sottomayor, “The special conditions experienced during the 2018 harvest came together to produce wines that combine extraordinary elegance with an unusual structure, thus achieving excellent complexity and balance, with great ageing potential."
The wines reflect the signature character and style of each of the famous houses. Ferreira is hugely complex yet defined by elegance and harmony, while Sandeman brings a more structured, robust profile to the table. Offley, on the other hand, showcases its famously lighter style with an expressive and fruit-forward 2018 vintage, ideal for those new to Vintage Port.
2018 was a challenging vintage for the growers in the Douro due to unsettled weather at the beginning of the growing cycle. An extremely dry and cold winter delayed budburst and a particularly rainy spring led to increased disease pressure in the vineyards, which resulted in lower yields. Nevertheless, these lower yields and a long and steady ripening period during the hot, dry summer resulted in top-quality grapes with great concentration – ideal for the production of Vintage Port. Luís recognised this outstanding quality at an early stage and was already confident about the 2018 declaration last year, in the midst of the multiple 2017 declarations.
“The quality of these three wines ensures they will have a great future,” he concludes.