Fladgate joins 2011 declaration surge

23rd April, 2013 by Gabriel Stone

The Fladgate Partnership has joined other major houses in declaring its 2011 vintage Ports, having held off until its traditional timing of St George’s day.

Taylor's 2011 75clAll three houses within Fladgate’s portfolio – Croft, Fonseca and Taylor’s – will release a 2011 vintage, as the company’s managing director Adrian Bridge hailed “textbook” styles that are “classics in every sense.”

In common with Sogrape, Symington and Churchill’s, each of whom have made declarations within the last month, Fladgate’s head winemaker David Guimaraens was emphatic in his praise of this vintage.

“The 2011s stand out for the purity of the fruit and the quality of the tannins, which are silky and well integrated but provide plenty of structure,” he summarised.

Although for most other houses 2011 represents their first declaration since 2007, Fladgate broke ranks by declaring in 2009.

Having defended its quality at the time, Bridge reaffirmed this decision, saying: “Our 2009 declaration showed that demand remains strong for new release vintage Ports and we expect it to grow further as new fine wine markets come on stream.”

In particular, he emphasised the interest that has developed outside vintage Port’s traditional markets, noting: “Wine consumers all over the world are realising that vintage Port continues to deliver astonishing value compared to many other classic wines.”

Alongside this growing global demand, Bridge revealed: “We have recently seen strong demand for large bottle formats, reflecting interest from collectors and investors.”

As a result, he confirmed that all three houses will release a “limited” number of large format bottlings, including double magnums and imperials.

In addition to these three vintage Ports, Fladgate will release three-bottle cases of its Vargellas Vinha Velha 2011, which is produced in small quantities from the oldest vines on its Vargellas estate.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to our newsletters

Job vacancies

Sales Manager – Midlands and South West

Pol Roger Portfolio
Midlands and South West

UK Brand Ambassador - That Boutique-y Gin Company

That Boutique-y Gin Company
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK

Senior National Account Manager – Grocery (Craft Spirits)

Maverick Drinks
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK

Senior National Account Manager – Wholesale RTM (Craft Spirits)

Maverick Drinks
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK

Digital Marketing Manager

Master of Malt
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK

Experienced On Trade Sales Person

Borough Wine Imports
London, GB

3 x Business Development Executive

The Lakes Distillery Company Limited
Newcastle head office and nationwide, UK

Editor

Master of Malt Ltd
Tunbridge Wells(Kent)

Sales Account Manager - On-Trade

Berkmann Wine Cellars
Liverpool

Brand Manager

Hallgarten Druitt
Luton, UK

Experienced On-Trade Salespeople Required

Portal Wines and Spirits
London, UK

Purchasing and Sales (Wine Trader)

JF Tobias
London, UK

The Global Merlot Masters 2017

Deadline : 17th April 2017

db Awards 2017

Deadline : 28th April 2017

The Global Organic Masters 2017

Deadline : 14th April 2017

The Global Sparkling Masters 2017

Deadline : 12th May 2017

Click to view more

Global Chardonnay Masters 2016

Now in its fourth year, the competition will identify the best Chardonnay from all around the world in every price range.

Rioja Masters 2016

Now in its fifth year, the competition will recognise and reward the finest Riojas on the world stage.

Fortified Masters 2016

Now in its third year, The Fortified Masters will reward the best fortified wines on offer.

The Global Malbec Masters 2016

the drinks business is proud to announce the inaugural Global Malbec Masters 2016.

Click to view more