Whereas Vintage Port from the Douro is made only in the very finest years – known as “declared vintages” – local producers making Port-style wines release both a “Vintage” and a “Vintage Reserve” every year.
What to make of “Vintage” relative to “Vintage Reserve”? As a rule, the former are more fruit driven and not quite as concentrated and powerful. Over the week-end, the 2004 from Boplaas. A blend of 60% Tinta Barocca, 25% Touriga Nacional and 15% Souzão, it showed red and black berries plus intense spice. Luscious and smooth textured before a pleasant fieriness on the finish. Still youthful, it was rich and comforting to drink if not that intellectually challenging.