The winter leading up to the 2003 vintage was unusually wet, with double the normalrainfall, but this was balanced by higher than normal temperatures throughout theyear. Budburst came early after a warm spring, in mid-march. Excellent floweringconditions and continued hot weather greatly benefited the development of thebunches, and some welcome rain refreshed the vineyards in July. The intense heatof the summer months hastened the ripening of the fruit. The harvest started on the22nd September, under ideal conditions, and just in time to avoid the first heavy rainsof the coming autumn. The yields were low but the grape-musts had intense colourand aroma, clearly destined to develop into superb wines.
Very dark, opaque. Lifted floral aromas on thenose. Combination of floral notes and “esteva”with spicy peppery undertones. Very powerfuland rich with tightly packed layers of ripe berryfruit flavours on the palate which provide apersistent, very long aftertaste, alsosuggesting hints of dark chocolate.
Smith Woodhouse 2003 Vintage Port is afabulous way to end a lunch or dinner. It pairswonderfully with chocolate desserts, such aschocolate mousse, but it can also be enjoyedon its own, providing a memorable moment inthe company of good friends.