23 Apr 2015
Casa Fonseca, which this year celebrates its bicentennial, announces the launch of Vintage Guimaraens 2013.
Guimaraens Vintages are produced in certain years when a classic Fonseca Vintage is not declared. They are a blend of the best wines produced in that year at the company's estates in the Pinhão valley and at Fonseca's flagship property, Quinta do Panascal, on the right bank of the Távora river. Accessible when young, they are an excellent choice for early consumption but have the depth and vigor to age in the bottle.
Commenting on the launch, Fonseca's Managing Director Adrian Bridge says: "Fonseca began its activity 200 years ago, on the 8th April 1815. By right belonging to the first league of Vintage Port producing houses, I am delighted to announce that we will mark this historic moment and celebrate the house's Bicentenary with the launch of an exemplary 2013 Guimaraens Vintage." He added: "Guimaraens Vintages have been produced for more than a century, from the best wines from the three Fonseca estates in years whose production is softer and in which the wines present an earlier maturation. The 2013 is a worthy successor to this tradition."David Guimaraens, Fonseca's winemaker, says: "The 2013 vintage can be described as two vintages, in fact there is a dividing line, with exceptionally rich and powerful wines produced before the late September rains and lighter wines produced afterwards. The Port wines made at the Fonseca estates in the first week of the harvest are fabulous and allow us to produce an excellent blend for the 2013 Guimaraens, very full-bodied and full of dense berry flavors."The 2013 Guimaraens Vintage will be available in the markets later this year.