Smith Woodhouse is a specialist producer of premium quality Ports. The uniformity of this quality is underpinned by Smith Woodhouse’s own Madalena vineyard from where the wines are largely sourced. This small Quinta (vineyard property) has the highest “A” quality rating and is located in the Rio Torto district, acknowledged as one of the finest Port growing areas. Over the coming years, the recently acquired Quinta do Vale Coelho, further upriver in the Douro Superior, producing full and elegant wines, will gradually form an important component of Smith Woodhouse’s Ports.
Smith Woodhouse is one of the only producers that makes a Traditional Bottle-Matured Late Bottled Vintage Port. The grapes are harvested in the fall and are fermented for a short period of time before the addition of 100% grape spirit alcohol. This step stops fermentation, preserves the wine’s natural grape sugars, and gives it its unique richness. The wine is aged for four years in cask, then bottled unfiltered and aged for a minimum of five more years before its release.
Deep ruby colour. Attractive nose of black fruit and notes of dark chocolate and spices. On the palate is packed with layers of dark fruits. This 2002 LBV is full bodied, well balanced with firm tannins with a never ending finish. Will age well for the next 10 years.
Alcohol by volume: 20% v/v (20ºC)
Primary vineyards: Quinta da Madalena
Barrel aged: 4 years
Smith Woodhouse LBV can be enjoyed anytime and pairs wonderfully with chocolate desserts and strong cheeses like aged Cheddar or creamy blue cheeses like Stilton or Roquefort. Port is best served in classic Port wine glassware or white wine glasses. Avoid cordial or liqueur glasses as they are too small to fully appreciate the wine’s aromas.
Drinking status Tawny Ports are aged and finished in oak barrels. Once they are bottled they are ready to drink and will see no benefit from bottle aging.
91 Points "Creamy and rich, with layers of chocolate mousse, dark plum and cherry flavors. Offers minty notes and a suave finish" - Wine Spectator