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.
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…
Chateau Myrat dates back to the 1700s, and was bought by the current owners - the Pontac family in 1937. Grown on relatively young vines and aged in oak barrels for a minimum of 18 months, this sweet wine is intense with a rich nose and delicious palate.
2003 presented great growing conditions for Chateau La Tour Blanche, producing what they suggest is the best harvest for 50 years . The wine offers floral notes on the nose with hints of lemon, followed by vanilla, candied fruits and a hint of cinnamon all topped off by a lingering finish.