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Delaforce Quinta da Corte  Vintage Port

Delaforce 1994 Vintage Port

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“Wildly plummy, with a meaty, earthy character, and fabulously concentrated. Big, sweet and voluptuous with loads of round tannins and a long, sweet finish. Best Delaforce in decades.”

92/100 James Suckling, Wine Spectator

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Deep garnet colour with fading brick rim, and concentrated nose of dried fruit and some floral notes. On the palate there is layer upon layer of date and fig flavours, which develop gradually into broader sensations of hazelnuts and leather. This powerful, brooding wine is beginning to come into its own at last. Savour its smooth elegance after careful decanting.

Vintage ports are made and declared only in years of exce

ptional climatic and quality conditions. After bottling, they mature slowly for many years to gain the unforgettable richness that places them among the world's greatest wines.

Delaforce

Port is part of the diverse and fascinating family of fortified wines, all of which are made by adding a small amount of grape spirit, or ‘brandy’, to the wine at some stage in the wine making process.

The fortification of port is carried out as follows: once the grapes have been crushed, the fermentation starts to convert the natural sugar of the grape juice into alcohol. At this time, the grape skins must be constantly submerged in the fermenting wine so that they release the natural substances which give the wine its structure, colour and flavour. For Delaforce’ s most prestigious wines this is done by foot treading, an expensive but very effective method, while other wines are made in specially designed fermentation tanks. When about half of the natural sugar of the grape juice has been fermented, a small amount of clean and neutral grape spirit is added to the wine. This fortification, as it is known, stops the fermentation and preserves some of the natural sweetness of the grape in the finished wine. The wine is then left to settle in large vats until early the following year when it is taken down to the coast to age in the cool and tranquil wine cellars, known as ‘lodges’, in Vila Nova de Gaia.

Additional Information

Vintage 1994
Grape variety Touriga Francesa, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional
ABV 20%
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