Sweet & Fortified
Sweet wines is an enormous category in wine terms. Every country has an expression, whether it be through fortification, such as Vintage Port, or through fungal infection(Botrytis) like Sauternes. In reality some of the worlds finest wines are sweet wines, often the production techniques are financially prohibitive, which makes these wine makers true artisans.
Less well known and certainly underrated, White Port is the perfect aperitif. The 10 Year Old from Kopke actually has an average ageing length of 15 years, but is categorized as a 10 year old as there is no 15 year old category! Why not try this in one of the drinks of the summer - White Port and tonic, with plenty of ice and a sprig of mint, very refreshing!
Taylors are seen as one of the top producers of Tawny Ports, always offering a range of products that are of very high quality. The 20 year old, being aged for longer, offers flavours of greater intensity than you find in the 10 year old. Having mellowed further, the fruit flavours along with the spice and nuttiness are a wonderful combination.
Taylors is one of the few remaining producers of a 30 year old Tawny Port. Its made by combining a variety of ports, which have been aged for 30 years. The skill is selecting the samples which perfectly compliment each other, to produce balance in both flavour and acidity. We believe, as ever that Taylors have done this perfectly.
Made by combining samples of 40 year old Taylors port, this tawny has a very intense flavour which comes about from the length of aging. The skill comes from selecting ports that perfectly compliment one another to create just the right balance of both flavour and acidity. With notes of nuts and spice on the nose, and rich and mellow palate, this is truely delicious. Winner of …
Croft is a popular vintage port producer, established in 1736 by the Croft family. Known for producing brilliant tawny ports, as well as their distinctive ruby ports, characterised by ripe, luscious, powerful fruits. The Pink port is the first of its kind to enter the wine scene. Its a rose style of port that extracts a small amount of colour from the skins of the grapes, witho…
Having done all of its ageing in the cask, Fonseca Bin 27 is ready to drink as soon as it is bottled. The characteristics are similar to those of a vintage Port, at a fraction of the cost. Flavours of intense rich fruit are prominent, combined with a delicate touch of spice on the finish, delicious.
This Madeira is a velvety dark brown colour, with an intensity of flavour to match. Its full-bodied and packed with luscious fragrant fruits. This is best paired with an indulgent desert, or a savoury cheese. Delicious.
This is a great all-rounder, its medium dry so can be matched to a range of occasions. Theres a lively fruitiness on the nose, with nuts and dried fruit coming through on the palate, all topped off with a delicious finish.
The Verdelho grape produces a medium-dry Madeira. The 15 year old is a beautiful dark gold colour, and has lots of fruit and hints of wood on the nose. The palate offers dried fruits with notes of honey and chocolate, with a long finish.
Taking the second sweetest grape variety used in Madeira (Bual), and ageing for 15 years creates a luscious and intense wine, full of complex aromas and flavours of dried fruits. This is a full bodied Madeira, with an excellent balance of acidity and sweetness, topped off with a deliciously lengthy finish.
A superb Sweet Oloroso or Cream Sherry.
An elegant blend of Palomino and Pedro Ximénez before entering the Criaderas y Soleras system for ageing through oxidation in oak casks. Aged for at least six years.
Tasting notes: Sweet Oloroso. Mahogany colour and aromas of dried nuts with a hint of raisins and brown sugar. Smooth, velvety palate with warm alcohol flavours and a long finish. Gold Medal (San Francisco International Wine Competition 2015)
It can be consumed very cold by itself and with desserts, or on ice as a refreshing drink.
This is a medium sweet Sherry from Williams and Humbert, made from a combination of Palomino and Pedro Ximenez grapes. Aged for at least 6 years, it is slightly sweetened during this process making it more versatile in that it can be matched with food rather than being enjoyed purely as a drink - light pasta dishes will work very well.
Described as being half way between an Oloroso and an Amontillado, the Dos Cortados Solera from Williams and Humbert is aged for an average of 20 years producing a deep and rich flavour, balanced with the perfect level of acidity. This will be delicious with a variety of cheeses such as Cheddar and Gruyere, or equally so on its own after a meal.
With an opaque purple colour, the 2013 Senhora Ribeira Vintage reveals lifted floral aromas of esteva (rock-rose) and violet thanks to the traditional Douro grape varieties Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca, with Sousão adding spice and fine acidity. This is a full-bodied wine, with excellent dark fruit flavours and a firm tannic backbone that on the palate clearly dem…