Taylor’s ‘Single Harvest’ 1968 Port
Grape Varietals: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca
Growing Region: Douro Valley - Portugal
Head Winemaker: David Guimaraens
4 Stars ★★★★
Having a 50th birthday or anniversary is a milestone occasion - and this Taylor’s ‘Single Harvest’ 1968 Port offers a unique opportunity to celebrate with an extraordinary wine in refined condition. Aged for 50 years in neutral oak - a true testament to the art of cask-ageing. Taylor’s holds one of the most extensive library reserves of very old cask aged wine of any Port house - and this 1968 ‘Single Harvest’ is the 5th edition / bottling in the series.
The Taylor’s ‘Single Harvest’ 1968 Port is in a classic frosted dark bottle and presented in a quality wooden box. Quantities are limited so inquires with your local wine-trader should be made sooner than later.
The winter and spring of 1968 were warm and dry with little rain. A very hot June caused some extreme dryness throughout the Douro. Harvest started on September 30th in most of their vineyards. With the exception of one or two light showers, the weather remained sunny with cool nights throughout the harvest. The ‘must’ took more work than usual due to the cooler nights, but after 4-5 days the grape spirit was added, and the wine prepared for the short rest over winter and then transported in the spring down to Vila Nova di Gaia for ageing.
Taylor’s 1968 ‘Single Harvest’ has been blended using wines sourced exclusively from that year and having been matured in neutral oak casks. It has been aged for 5 decades and has resulted in a unique, complex and concentrated Port wine.
• As you pour this Port into the appropriate glass - you have a chestnut colour at the core, surrounded by an amber edge. On the nose you are greeted by a kaleidoscope of aromas, showcasing steam-pudding, fruit-cake, allspice and lightly roasted chestnuts.
These all transfer seamlessly onto the intense and engaging palate, rewarding your senses with harmonious flavours of raisins and sweet toffee mingle with a rich vanilla oak, walnut, marzipan and spice notes. The palate has a silky smooth texture, full of roasted nuts and butterscotch flavours. Underpinned by finely-integrated acidity which provides balance, freshness and lift into the elegant long finish. A real treat for the senses from start to lingering finish, the Port wine glides gracefully engaging all your senses and leaving your taste-buds wanting more.
This Taylor’s ‘Single Harvest’ 1968 Port has 20.5% Alc./vol. and has 173g/L of residual sugar. No decanting required and serve in an appropriate wine glass at 12°- 16°C.
CELLARING POTENTIAL: *(Review 11/9/19)
Drinking perfectly well now; all the ageing has been done before bottling / release. Will hold for another 7-9 years. Once open - enjoy at its best within 4-5 weeks.
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
Perfect wine pairing with almond, pecan or apple torte, poached pears with walnut ice-cream, crème caramel, tiramisu, crème brûlée & figs with blue cheese - enjoy.