The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Cockburn’s Vintage Port 2015 released

Cockburn’s vineyard – Quinta dos Canais

Cockburn’s has announced the release of a 2015 Vintage Port.

This is the second Cockburn’s Vintage Port made by the Symington family since they acquired the historic name in 2010, having bought the vineyards and cellars in 2006.

In the 19th century and up until the 1950s Cockburn’s was the leading Vintage Port, fetching the highest prices at international wine auctions and on the lists of the leading wine merchants.

Since 2010, the Symingtons have conducted two research tastings with international experts, one in Porto in September 2012 that tasted back to Cockburn’s 1896, and another in London in 2015 that reviewed most Vintages back to 1863.

Both events identified the Cockburn’s 1908 as one of the greatest Ports ever made, and the Douro Superior as the birthplace of its finest Ports.

Coupled with these tastings, the Symington family have made significant improvements to the Cockburn’s vineyards at Quinta dos Canais and Quinta do Vale Coelho, both located in the Douro Superior. The results were apparent in the Cockburn’s 2011 Vintage Port that achieved outstanding reviews; 97 points Wine Spectator, 18.5/20 Jancis Robinson, 97 points Wine Enthusiast, 98 points (the 2nd highest rated 2011) James Suckling, and the following comment by Neil Martin on eRobertParker; ‘Wonderful focus…harks back to those classics of yesteryear. Cockburn’s is back’.