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Quarles Harris Vintage 1977 Port

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Established in 1680, Quarles Harris became a subsidiary of Warre in 18th century. The Symingtons became associated with Quarles Harris son after A.J. Symington became a partner in Warre. Quarles Harris has continued making good Ports under the Symington's ownership ever since. Peter Symington, has a simple saying to remember about Quarles Harris: "Unless they are good we don't bottle them, having ensured that tradition and expertise is passed from generation to generation thus maintaining the excellent reputation of Quarles Harris.

The Quarles Harris 1977 is still fullish in colour, with a plump overt nose. Decent grip and good concentration underneath. Its earthy smokey fruits were creamy, soft and elegant. Most importantly it exhibited wonderful freshness and a cool finish. Although still youthful and slightly tight when initially opened, this wine blossomed and was one of our stars among a line up of far more exulted names such as Fonseca and Grahams.

  • Product Code: FEL03QH
  • Grower: Quarles Harris
  • Grape Type: Touriga Nacional / Tinta Roriz / Tinta Barroca
  • Style: Creamy and Fresh
  • Country: Portugal
  • Appellation: Douro
  • Vintage: 1977
  • Alchohol: 20% ABV
  • Case Size: Single
  • Bottle Size: 75cl

Vintage Rating on this wine was 93 (source: Wine Competition Award Winners)


Closure: CORK

Alternative wine closures are substitute closures used in the wine industry for sealing wine bottles in place of traditional cork closures. The emergence of these alternatives has grown in response to quality control efforts by winemakers to protect against "cork taint" caused by the presence of the chemical trichloroanisole (TCA).

Screw caps or "Stelvin caps" are closures made only from aluminium material that threads onto the bottleneck. They are the predominant closure used by New Zealand wineries.[8][9] This can be attributed in part to the New Zealand screw cap initiative which promotes the use of screw caps instead of cork. Screw caps form a tighter seal and can keep out oxygen for a longer time than cork. These benefits aid in maintaining the wine's overall quality and aging potential.

Vino-Seal, or Vino-Lok, is a plastic/glass closure released by Alcoa. Since its introduction into the European market in 2003, over 300 wineries have utilized Vino-Seal. Using a glass stopper with an inert o-ring, the Vino-Seal creates a hermetic seal that prevents oxidation and TCA contamination.

Zork is an alternative wine closure that seals like a screw cap and pops like a cork. The Zork closure consists of three parts; an outer cap providing a tamper evident clamp that locks onto the band of a standard cork mouth bottle, an inner metal foil which provides an oxygen barrier similar to a screw cap, and an inner plunger which creates the ‘pop’ on extraction and reseals after use.

The traditional crowned bottle cap has been used in the sparkling wine industry as a closure during the bottle fermentation process (méthode traditionnelle). Normally the cap is replaced with a cork before shipping, though recently some producers are releasing wines using the crown cap as their closure.

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