Fonseca Quinta do Panascal Vintage 2008
Fonseca Quinta do Panascal 2008 Vintage Port is a wine with a wonderful black fruit and plum flavour, with a spice hint.
This is a rich wine that you can immediately savour, or later, by saving a few bottles to enjoy at various times in your life or for sheer pleasure.
Bottled in 2010
Aged for 24 months in oak casks and then in bottles for several years.
Quinta do Panascal has one of the Douro Valleys most reputable vineyards and produces wines that are Fonseca Vintage Port hallmarks.
Opaque purple colour Port with a narrow violet rim.
The nose opens with an unrestrained surge of concentrated and dense cassis and black cherry, laced with a sumptuous confection of treacle and dark chocolate.
As it develops, damson plum notes emerge from a seemingly impenetrable dark berry fruits layer followed by an intoxicating aromatic herbs and black pepper and sandalwood exotic notes.
This wines rich and delicious fruity flavour on the palate blends with its granular tannins, which are beautifully integrated to produce a wild eruption of texture and flavour.
The opulent black fruit flavour is seemingly endless and rise through a spicy freshness at the finish.
The winter before the 2005 harvest was extremely cold and dry, leaving water supplies severely reduced, after another hot and dry 2004.
Due to cold weather and a shortage of water, the growing season started later than usual.
The whole growing season was marked by a lower strength and a smaller size of the berries, in all noble grapes varieties.
From May 16 to September 6 there was almost no rain.
However, despite the extreme heat and conditions similar to those of a drought, the ripening process continued normally but at a slower rate than normal. Fortunately, dry summer conditions were mitigated by the constant rains that fell between 6 and 9 September, giving the vineyards a so needed relief that allowed completing the ripening process, obtaining a perfectly ripe and balanced harvest.