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As Johnny Graham says, “there is a raw vibrancy to Churchill’s 2017 Vintage Port, combining a purity of fruit with a vein of natural acidity, which will give this wine great ageing potential.”
Churchill’s 2017 Vintage Port has a very deep violet colour, with a resinous intensity on the nose and layers of fresh blueberry aromas upfront. Exuberant and vinous on the palate, with flavours of crushed blackberries in combination with a gravelly tannic structure, this wine has a vibrant natural acidity contributing to a long-lasting finish.
The fresh intensity of the 2017 Vintage stands as a distinct representation of Churchill’s style, complimenting our elegant 2016 Vintage Port in showcasing our vintage pedigree.
Following on from 2016, we once again saw extremely low yields in the Douro. The 2016-2017 viticultural year was exceptionally hot and dry, with 30% to 46% below average rainfall in the Cima Corgo and Douro Superior sub-regions. This precipitated a faster vegetative cycle of the vines, and here at Churchill’s we had our earliest vintage ever, with the first parcels of grapes coming into our Quinta da Gricha winery in mid-August. These conditions contributed to an intense concentration of fruit and tannins.