JancisRobinson.com – 18
250 cases only in this vintage, from one north- and one east-facing vineyard with very thick, high stone terraces. Blackish crimson. Wild and briary on the nose. Really lush and perfumed and with great fragrance and line. Long and scented. Minty/eucalypt of Malvedos vineyard. Very clean, minty finish.
Anticipated maturity: 2035-2070
Robert Parker – 97
The inaugural The Stone Terraces comes from two 18th century schist stone terraces in Quinta dos Malvedos, one 1.6 hectares and the other 0.6 hectares, whose exposure and soil have made them stand out over the years. Finally, in 2011 they were picked together and fermented in one lagar that yielded just four pipes. It has startling clarity and minerality on the nose, one of those young Ports where the spirit is so pure that it is difficult to distinguish from an unfortified wine! The palate is silky smooth and slightly honeyed on the entry, leading to a very harmonious, svelte, sensual Vintage Port with copious pure blackberry, cassis and mineral notes that build wonderfully towards the finish. This is captivating, though you will have to fight for one of the 250 cases (individually numbered bottles.) Tasted May 2013. Importer: Premium Port Wine; www.premiumport.com