The viticultural season began with a very wet winter. January and February were colder than normal resulting in a late bud burst. Cool, wet conditions continued until just prior to flowering on 25th May. Flowering took place in hot weather and, when combined with the large number of inflorescences at bud burst, resulted in the largest potential yields since 1900.
There was a considerable amount of rainfall in September which caused many people to start picking. However, strong winds and hot weather, between the 27-30th followed which dried out the bunches and allowed the grapes to ripen fully. This was reflected in a marked improvement in all ports produced from 29th September onwards.
Complex and elegant bottle matured bouquet. Plum and cherry fruit with spicy, aromatic background. Lean, stylish wine with good structure. Fresh, firm finish that holds well.
Special report: 1996 Vintage Port
“The 1996 vintage is not a great year forVintagePortby any means, but it is a very good one…”
“Lovely, ripe wine with lots of berry and cherry aromas and flavours. Medium-bodied and very sweet, with soft tannins and a fresh fruit finish.”