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Warre's marks 2009 vintage with initiative to raise £20,000 for injured soldiers

Published:  28 April, 2011

The oldest British port house, Warre's, is the latest estate to declare its 2009 vintage with an initiative it hopes will raise £20,000 for injured soldiers.

Warre's, which is part of Symington Family Estates, believes the 2009 vintage reflects what was a very dry and warm year in the Douro but thanks to its higher altitudes it has produced a vintage "the balance and elegance that characterises all Warre's ports".

The 2009 vintage is being used to commemorate what is the bi-centenary of the liberation of Oporto by the Anglo-Portuguese army led by the Duke of Wellington which saw Major William Warre being awarded Portugal's highest military honour, the Order of São Bento d'Aviz.

To mark this event Warre's has bottled 500 cases (6,000 bottles) of the 2009 Vintage Port. Each bottle will be numbered and will be offered on a strictly limited basis.

For every case sold in the UK, Warre's and the Symington family will donate £48 to the British Charity 'Help for Heroes' and for every case sold in Portugal, €55 will be donated to the 'Liga dos Combatentes', the organisation that helps old soldiers in Portugal. It hopes to raise over £20,000.

Winemaker, Charles Symington, said: "The Warre's 2009 has lifted floral aromas, it's veryperfumed and fragrant - typical Warre elegant femininity; tones of roses and violets. It has a fine minty/eucalyptus edgewith mouth-filling, gorgeous blackberry fruit and peppery tannins, quite forthright - finishing with a hint of dark chocolate"

The wine will be available from UK agent, John E Fells.