The prestigious website erobertparker.com has just released the most recent reviews for Kopke Ports. Kopke is once again leading the field in the Port Wine category with some amazing reviews (all 90+):
Kopke Colheita 1984 – 93 points!
Kopke Colheita 1978 – 94 points!
Kopke Colheita 1966 – 96 points!
Kopke Colheita 1965 – 95 points!
Kopke Colheita 1957 – 95 points!
Kopke Colheita 1941 – 97 points!
Kopke White Colheita 2003 – 91 points!
Kopke White Colheita 1935 – 93 points!
Kopke Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) 2011 – 90 points!
To mark the 375th anniversary of Kopke, Omdesign created a special, ultra-limited and numbered special edition of 375 bottles of a Porto Colheita 1940, the year when the company was formally recognised as the oldest port producer in the oldest demarcated wine region in the world. Founded in 1638, Kopke wanted to surprise connoisseurs and collectors in the category with absolutely exclusive, unique and special packaging, which transmit and reinforce the brand’s position as a luxury brand. The entire design and production of this de luxe edition was left in the capable hands of Omdesign. For this port, which is a veritable work of art, the design agency chose the finest quality materials, such as the pau-santo wood that is used exclusively, with ultra matte varnish. The interior is lined in natural, hand sewn national leather and each one of the 375 exclusive units was also carefully hand finished. Each package has a certificate proving the age of the wine and that Kopke is the oldest port wine company in the world.
The Drinks Business / November 19, 2014 by Lucy Shaw
Portuguese wines offer UK consumers the best value for money for their quality according to a recent survey carried out by Wotwine.
The app, which helps consumers find the best value wines in the UK, found that 65% of Portuguese wines on sale on UK supermarkets offer “extra to fair” value for money.
“Portugal is producing characterful, well-made wines of real interest,” said Wotwine’s tasting manager, Orsi Szentkiralyi.
“They have the taste of the sun and represent cracking value. We wish the range stocked in supermarkets was bigger,” she added.
The survey also found European wines to be better value than their New World equivalents, highlighting Port as the “best value wine in the world”.
Carried out over the last 18 months, the survey reviewed over 4,000 wines available in UK supermarkets.
It found that 71% of all American and South African wines, 62% Australian and 64% New Zealand wines represent “poor value” for money.
Wotwine recently launched new versions of its app on the iPhone and Android. Working with four Masters of Wine, the company has evaluated nearly all of the wines available in the UK’s major supermarket chains.
By scanning the barcode of a bottle in a supermarket, the free app allows consumers to determine whether its shelf price represents good value for money.
Sogevinus Fine Wines has been shortlisted for the 2014 Portuguese Wine Producer Award by the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC).
The winners will be announced at the International Wine & Spirit Competition Annual Awards Banquet on Wednesday the 12th November at the Guildhall in the City of London. All Gold, Gold Outstanding and Trophy winning wines and spirits will be showcased in the crypts of this beautiful building in a two hour tasting.
SOGEVINUS FINE WINES HAS DECLARED SINGLE QUINTA VINTAGE PORT FOR KOPKE AND BURMESTER. THIS DECLARATION REINFORCES THE GROUP’S COMMITMENT TO THE PRODUCTION OF PREMIUM PORT WINES.
The 2012 Single Quinta Vintage Ports, with their unique quality, style and character, represent the finest wines produced in the Douro Valley and reflect the unparalleled richness of the terroir and perfection of the vineyards.
The 2012 viticultural year was characterised by a decrease in production, reaching unprecedented low yields. 2012 was also considered to be one of the driest years in the last forty and thus required additional efforts to ensure the correct balance and ripeness of the grapes.
An unusually dry winter was followed by a cool spring with some hail, resulting in damaged vineyards and a subsequent reduction of the total quantity produced. Strong winds and low temperatures were also registered causing delays in the vine’s growth cycle, with véraison occurring two weeks later than forecast. The low availability of water in the soil affected plant vitality, resulting in the occurrence of coulure and millerandage in some cases, particularly in the Baixo Corgo and Cima Corgo.
However, despite these unusual conditions, the results were surprisingly good at the most emblematic of the Sogevinus properties. The 2012 Vintage Ports reveal a pronounced nose of very fresh and concentrated red and black fruit as well as a balanced acidity. Full bodied with a deeply concentrated opaque colour that is a sure sign of a young Single Quinta Vintage Port. Powerful wines that delight us while young, but above all, have the outstanding potential to age wonderfully in bottle. These are rare limited production releases that elevate and dignify Port Wine.
KOPKE QUINTA DE SÃO LUIZ VINTAGE 2012
Deep, opaque shade of red. Complex and expressive on the nose, where very ripe red and black fruit aromas stand out, enveloped in subtle balsamic notes and hints of chocolate. On the palate it is refined, marked by an excellent acidity balanced with very expressive tannins, which confer on it the character of the Vintages of the Kopke house. It has a long and powerful finish where ripe red fruit flavours and a striking acidity reveal that it is a Vintage Single Quinta. Huge ageing capacity.
BURMESTER QUINTA DO ARNOZELO VINTAGE 2012
Opaque colour with light violet hues. An elegant nose with a unique finesse characteristic of Single Quinta Burmester Vintages, revealing dense aromas of wild berries, violet notes, blackcurrant and a subtle touch of resin. On the palate it is fresh and delicate with elegant and fine tannins and develops in a balanced and surprising manner. A long and delicious finish with an excellent body. A fantastic wine from an absolutely unique wine estate. An endless fruit driven finish.
Tasting Notes: Bergamot and orange peel aromatics of Touriga Nacional lead, with an extra freshness from the Jaen. Lovely Dão blend, with perfume and structure. Great acidity balancing alcohol. Great now and will develop.