The Remarkable 2015 Port Vintage - Under the Radar Value

There are some opportunities that are so good that they need to be jumped on as quickly as possible. Whilst 2015 was a very strong vintage for Port, it will not be universally declared as Port houses don’t traditionally declare vintages in pairs. With 2016 being a very strong vintage as well (and, crucially, a bigger crop), it looks likely to be declared instead, meaning some absolute bargains can be found in 2015.

With no declaration in 2015 the grapes that would usually go into making Taylor, Fonseca and Croft have been made into Single Quinta ports. The results are excellent and are being offered at a fraction of what the 2016s will be when they are eventually declared.

Taylor-Fladgate have announced that the following Vintage Ports will be released in the 2015 vintage – Taylor’s Quinta de Vargellas (at £230 per 12), Fonseca’s Guimaraens (also at £230 per 12) and Croft’s Quinta da Roeda (at £130 per 12). 

Having tasted these wines we were struck by how remarkably well priced they are, given the high quality on offer. To put it in perspective, Fonseca and Taylor 2011 were both released at £480 per dozen four years ago, while Croft was released at £375. So this is without question an excellent opportunity to pick some up great-value Port in advance of the market waking up to what’s going on. Derek Smedley MW, who knows a thing or two about Port and who has tasted most of the great vintages of the past, loved these wines too. He gave Vargellas 94 points, Guimaraens 96 points and Roeda 92 points.

We can also offer the superb bicentenary vintage 2015 Cockburn at £420 per 12 in bond. Derek loved this wine and gave it an impressive 97 points – preferring it to the great 2011. We also have the 96 point James Suckling rated 2015 Niepoort at £410 per 12 in bond and their very limited Single Quinta wine, 2015 Bioma Vinha Velha, at £450. Whilst this wine doesn’t have a rating yet, we tasted it and absolutely loved it.

These Vintage Ports will be available from November onwards and further information on each can be found below.

Minimum Order – 1 case
Physically available from November onwards

2015 Croft Quinta da Roeda

The house of Croft, purchased from Diageo in 2000, has had huge investment since then and is known as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the Douro. It beggars belief that the opening price of their Quinta do Roeda is a little over £10 a bottle under bond. It is fully worth getting hold of this fantastic single quinta port at the opening price while stocks last.

Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts GBP
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Vintage Port2015Croft Quinta da RoedaHV100170.00cs92 DSMAdd to Basket
Vintage Port2015Croft Quinta da RoedaBT170130.00cs92 DSMAdd to Basket
Vintage Port2015Croft Quinta da RoedaMG110150.00cs92 DSMAdd to Basket
All prices exclude UK duty & VAT and all wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.

“Both nose and the start of the palate are fresh a mix of bramble and red fruits a hint of spice. Under the freshness on the mid palate there is the richness of ripe black cherry more depth of flavour the sweetness underpinned by tannin all a bit tight and although there is a more generousoty at the back the finish is firm lacking a bit of depth. 2029-40”

92 points, Derek Smedley MW

“A deep ruby colour, bright red berry fruit and cherry blossom leaps from the glass in a high-toned, perfume-scented nose. The palate is silky smooth, fresh and polished with juicy fresh fruits to the fore. This is a bright and fresh style with oodles of cherry blossom and a sweet brambly fruit edge. Long and lightly spicy on the finish, this is a wonderfully approachable wine even at this very young stage, and won’t need the decades of cellaring that is often required of wines in this style.”

16.5 points, Farr Vintners

2015 Taylor Quinta de Vargellas

Located in the remote eastern reaches of the Douro Valley, the outstanding Vargellas estate is recognised as one of the world’s finest vineyards and is known for its elegant, scented wines with their fine focused fruit and well integrated sinewy tannins.

Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts GBP
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Vintage Port2015Taylor Quinta de VargellasHV110270.00cs94 DSMAdd to Basket
Vintage Port2015Taylor Quinta de VargellasBT190230.00cs94 DSMAdd to Basket
Vintage Port2015Taylor Quinta de VargellasMG100250.00cs94 DSMAdd to Basket
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“The nose has a complex mix of flavours the start of the palate bright with bramble and red fruits. Sweet in the middle a rich mix of black fruits and cocoa depth of flavour but there is balance underlying bramble lighter at the back with rich fruits and depth on the finish. 2031-55”

94 points, Derek Smedley MW

“Saturated ruby colour. Spicy, dense and concentrated on the nose with brooding black fruits lifted by violet and floral tones. The palate is powerful and rich, but the tannins are smooth and well managed. Great concentration and density, bringing cassis, kirsch and damson fruit through to a spicy and rich finish which is long and punctuated with hints of clove and nutmeg.”

17.5 points, Farr Vintners

2015 Fonseca Guimaraens

The 2015 Guimaraens vintage will hold a special commemorative label to mark Fonseca's 200th anniversary year. It will make excellent early drinking but will not disappoint those who prefer to cellar it for the future. It is blended from the best produce of Fonseca's flagship property, Quinta do Panascal, one of the most highly reputed Port vineyards, and Fonseca's two Pinhão Valley estates: Cruzeiro and Santo António.

Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts GBP
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Vintage Port2015Fonseca GuimarensHV100270.00cs96 DSMAdd to Basket
Vintage Port2015Fonseca GuimarensBT190230.00cs96 DSMAdd to Basket
Vintage Port2015Fonseca GuimarensMG100250.00cs96 DSMAdd to Basket
All prices exclude UK duty & VAT and all wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.

“The fruit on the nose is sweet and ripe the palate has depth a rich mix of black fruits. There is mid generosity supple and smooth the chocolate richness well balanced by underlying freshness a complex mix of bilberry and cassis. Ripe fruit gives richness and power on the back palate yet there is enough freshness to give a stylish elegance on the finish. 2032-48”

96 points, Derek Smedley MW

“Very deep purple colour. The nose here is spicy with cooked blackberry, damson, tar and clove all layered with more lifted floral notes. The palate is dense and concentrated with firm and chewy tannins providing a backbone for longevity for laying down. Underneath the structure the fruit core is rich, powerful and ripe – pure bramble fruits and full of spice. The finish is peppery and more savoury in character. A serious wine that will warrant plenty of time in bottle.”

17.5 points, Farr Vintners