This Late Bottled Vintage Port is produced in the traditional style, from the finest ports of a single very good year. By definition, ‘traditional’ means that after 4 years of cask ageing, the wines are bottled unfiltered and cellared for, at least, an additional 4 years before being released for sale. It is this bottle ageing that allows the wine to develop outstanding style and complexity, resulting in a deep coloured Port with rich mouth-filling flavors of ripe fruit balanced by notes of black chocolate and peppery tannins. This 2004 has benefitted from longer than usual bottle maturation, nine years in Smith Woodhouses’s own cellars. Smith Woodhouse Ports are produced in very small quantities by the Symington family, Douro winemakers for over 100 years.