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.
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.
Intense ruby colour, now just beginning to open out. Rich, complete, multidimensional nose, displaying elements of both youth and maturity. Aromas of ripe berry fruit, liquorice and butterscotch with scented violet notes. The palate is now quite smooth and round with velvety well integrated tannins and masses of rich figgy fruit flavour. Warm mellow finish full of rich jammy fruit.
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".
Single Quinta ports are made using grapes from a single vineyard, and are designed to drink much younger than standard vintage ports - as soon as 10 years after bottling. Generally produced in years where the grapes are not deemed suitable for top vintages, single Quinta ports are becoming more popular, and it has been said they may have the potential to rival vintage ports in …
Owned by the same family for over a decade, Quinta Do Infantado is a well known producer of Port. The 2013 vintage was affected by cool weather in April and May, this resulted in a low yield but of high quality. Notes of dark fruits here, with intense raisin and a hint of spice on the finish. This will be lovely served with a range of cheeses.
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.