Port is a fortified wine specifically produced in the Douro region of northern Portugal. The name comes from Oporto from where barrels were sent out across Europe. The industry benefited hugely from trade agreements with Britain as the market for French wine dipped during times of war and port has become hugely associated with ceremonial toasts and after dinner drinks in this country.
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.
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…
Fonseca declares its vintages only in the most exceptional of years, and in 2011, like many, Fonseca benefitted from a perfect ending to the growing season, ensuring optimum ripeness for their grapes. This allowed deep, powerful and aromatic wines to be made on each of the Fonseca Quintas in the Távora and Pinhão valleys. 2011 has thus given Fonseca another opport…
Taylors Vintage Port is made only in exceptional years, following the rigorous selection and tasting process to meet the requirements for declaration. Historically Taylors has only declared a maximum of 3 vintages per decade. 2011 has been hailed as a classic vintage by all accounts. Ideal ripening conditions in this year have led Fladgate wine-maker David Guimaraens to conclud…
Perfect weather conditions have ensured that 2011 will be a magnificent vintage for port. Within this tri-pack, you will get a bottle of 2011 Fonseca, Taylors and Croft - three of the top producers of port in the world. If you are a fan of port, this is the perfect combination for you - the tasting notes for each bottle are included at the bottom of this page.
Being a Late Bottle Vintage Port, this 2011 from Quinta Do Noval is ready to drink as soon as it is bottled - making it perfect for a number of occasions. The grapes are trodden by foot and are unfiltered, creating a ruby red Port which will match wonderfully with a range of cheeses or as an after dinner treat!