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.
This Port is created using a range of vintages from Quinta Do Noval, all aged in oak casks for an average of 10 years. Fresh on the palate, with an intense flavour of fruit this is a very approachable port with a lot to offer.
Grahams have been producing quality vintage Ports for many years, they apply the same level of care and attention to detail to their Tawnys. This 10 year old has been aged in oak, giving it complex, deep flavours that match beautifully with sweet desserts.
As white Port is becoming more well known it is also increasing in popularity. Generally used as an aperitif or alongside a some olives or a bowl of nuts, it can also be used in a range of cocktails. Added to tonic with lots of ice and some lemon, it is a delicious summer drink. Taylors created their Chip Dry in 1934, it is fermented for a little longer than usual which gives i…
Taylor’s family made a premium 10 year old Tawny Port. This style of Port is fully matured in oak barrels (630 litres each) and is a mix of vintages with at least 10 years of barrel ageing.
The Port is aged in Oporto cellars. During the ageing process, the wine develops the characteristic amber ‘tawny’ colour as well as the complex, delicate flavours and the smooth, luscious palate.
Used as a mark of quality, the depiction of the six grapes on this bottle assures the buyer that this is an elegant Port with a great deal of finesse. Having won numerous medals and accolades over the last two decades, this has been compared to Grahams Vintage Ports with a younger and more vibrant style. Grahams describe this as "An everyday Port for the Vintage Port drinker".
In 2002 Fonseca created Terra Prima, the first port to be made entirely using organic grapes. Full of dark fruits on the nose, intense flavours and just the right amount of acidity on the palate, this is a great port that would perfectly finish off a decadent meal. This received a Commendation in the 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards!
Tawny Ports are aged in casks, where they loose their initial ruby red colour and take on the colouring from the wood giving them their amber hue. This 10 year old tawny from Fonseca has become smooth and mellow over the ageing process, with hints of raisin and a definite nuttiness on the palate. The finish is long and elegant, this will be great alongside a variety of cheeses.
When it comes to the production, this could be considered as a relatively simple Port. This however doesnt mean it is any less enjoyable to drink! Aged for only 2 years in oak casks and steel vats, this can be compared to a Late Bottle Vintage Port. It is incredibly easy to drink and when paired with dark chocolate is a real treat indeed.
Blended using Ports from a variety of vintages, with an average age of 40 years, this Tawny from Quinta Do Noval is a pleasure to drink. The deep colour is reminiscent of old vintage Ports, but the palate still has the freshness and balance that youd expect from a Tawny. Awarded 94 points by the Wine Spectator.
As a Limited Edition, Taylor's family wanted to create a unique bottle and blend. This bottle was inspired by the 'bladder' shaped wine bottles manufactured in England between about 1715 and 1740. This blend is a selection of the finest Ports from Taylor's extensive aged Tawny stocks. It is ready to drink and does not require decanting. Serve slightly chilled, (between 12ºC to 16ºC) it could be paired with berry fruit cake, dark chocolate dessert or with a rich blue cheese. Regarding the storage, you should keep the bottle upright in a cool and constant temperature.