Vintage Ports are not simply wines made from a single year’s harvest, rather they are totally different class of wines. Vintage port wines are only made in the greatest of years and the rules surrounding the production of these wines differs from that of non-vintage wines and they are kept in a barrels for at least two years before bottling but for a Vintage Port to reach its superb best it needs to age slowly.
Vintage Ports are incredibly rare, typically accounting for around 3% of any year’s production in other parts of the world. Add to this the fact that Vintage Port years are not ‘declared’ very often, about 3 times a decade on average, and you get an idea of quite how rare these wonderful wines are. In South Africa it has become a trend for wine cellars to produce these excellent winter wines, at Platform62 we stock a few of the well known Vintage port style wines such as the Viljoensdrift Vintage, Bon Courage Vintage, Bo Plaas Vintage, Bergsig Cape LBV.
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