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.
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!
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.
Representing 1 in every 5 bottles of Port bought in the UK, Late Bottle Vintage is a very popular choice among Port drinkers. This is perhaps due to the style - it is a very approachable drink and often represents great value. Aged in wood for 4-6 years, it has a lot to offer in the way of flavour and is ready to drink as soon as it is bottled. Taylors were one of the first producers to release an LBV into the market, and as a result they are seen to be the Bench Mark in the category.
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.