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GREAT DAY FOR VINTAGE PORT, BAD DAY FOR DRAGONS

The Fladgate Partnership “declares” the 2007 Port Vintage for all three houses - Taylor’s, Fonseca and Croft on St George’s Day (23 April).

Using its traditional Declaration date, St George’s Day (23 April), The Fladgate Partnership announces its decision to declare the 2007 Vintage for all three Port houses - Taylor’s, Fonseca and Croft.

Adrian Bridge, Managing Director of The Fladgate Partnership said, “A Declaration is one of the most eagerly anticipated events in our business and one which creates a prestigious standing for our Ports amongst the great iconic wines of the world.”

Taylor’s, Fonseca and Croft are three of the most revered names in Vintage Port. The estates which produce these exceptional Ports have benefitted from decades of investment and pioneering development which, together with their unique locations, allow them to produce wines of great pedigree and style.

Bridge, is confident about the latest classic Vintage to be added to its portfolio. “The 2007 Vintage Ports from Taylor’s, Fonseca and Croft contain the hallmarks of their individual house style. It is a vintage which shows elegance and poise backed with impressive structure and excellent balance which will give enjoyment for many years to come.

“In contrast to previous years, there were no significant periods of intense heat until very early September. Most of the ripening took place in sunny but relatively cool conditions producing healthy leaf canopies able to benefit from the warm weather that preceded the harvest.”

Commenting on the Vintage, David Guimaraens, Head Winemaker notes, “Perfect harvesting conditions with cool nights and warm days played a vital role in the final development of the grapes.” At the time of his harvest report, Guimaraens wrote, “Ripening has been very even and balanced at all our properties and this is already shining through in the wines. There is excellent acidity and structure and an attractive fresh fruitiness.”

A special Vintage Port tasting to mark these great Ports will be held at Somerset House in London on 6 May for the press and trade.

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Further information from Sue Glasgow, Spear Communications T 01787 310005 or sue@spearcommunications.co.uk

Notes to Editors

Taylor Vintage 2007

Opaque, purple black colour with a narrow violet rim. Characteristically stylish and racy, with a nose of dense blackcurrant and woodland fruit overlaid with discreet herbal nuances and scents of violet and rose petals. As usual the classic Taylor elegance and understatement conceal the wine’s inner strength and stamina. On the palate it displays the lean, sinewy and tightly knit tannins which are so much a feature of the Taylor style and the vibrant and clearly delineated fruit flavours and which are the hallmark of the 2007 vintage.

Fonseca Vintage 2007

Impenetrable, inky black colour with purple highlights. As would be expected of Fonseca, the nose is dominated by a massively potent and concentrated fruitiness, packed with dense blackcurrant and blackberry aromas. Notes of coffee and exotic wood and hints of wild herbs and mint. The palate is rich and luscious, with thick velvety and wonderfully well integrated tannins enveloped in succulent jammy fruit and rich dark chocolate flavours.

Croft Vintage 2007

Deep purple black with narrow magenta rim. The heady and powerfully aromatic nose displays a characteristic abundance of rich plump fruit and the exotic notes of eucalyptus and rock rose which are the hallmark of the Quinta da Roêda wines on which the blend is based. Juicy and luscious on the palate, with discreet and well fused tannins and a long generous finish.

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