"Consistently hot and dry, with no surprises and an optimal level of rain during the different seasons of the year. The vines grew with a low but steady level of water, allowing them to classically develop. A fine picking season in September lead to a harvest with above average quantity and excellent quality, mainly due to the consistency of the weather." He added, "It was a good year especially for Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional, allowing a strong maturation of these leading Douro varieties."
-- Miguel Côrte-Real, Cockburn's Viticultural & Commercial Director
"Our blenders have been tasting, categorizing and identifying the wines that might go into the final vintage blend for the best part of two years now. Only after the most rigorous selection was the final decision taken; it's been a long, focused, process. This wine is intensely purple in color, with aromas of blackberries and mature plums; full and firm on palate, with a long fruity finish resonating with chocolate overtones. Try with a Stilton Blue and hazelnuts"
-- Jim Reader, Cockburn's Head of Wine Making and General Manager