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Barros 10 Year Old Tawny Port (1 x 75cl)

Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their January 2018 edition panel review of Tawny Port (see blue link below).

Sogevinus Barros 10yo Tawny - January 2018 Decanter review

Having celebrated their 100th year of trading in 2013, Barros Port is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious companies producing and trading in Port. Much of their success comes from Colheita Ports - old Tawnies from a single year matured in cask for a minimum period of seven years.

Hand-harvested at their best moment, the grapes are destemmed, crushed and vinified in a careful maceration with extraction of colour, tannins and pellicle aromas, complemented by permanent pumping-over during fermentation. This process takes place in vats at a controlled temperature between 28-30ºC. At this phase grape brandy is added, creating a fortified wine. A wine of an exceptional quality, obtained by the selection of several harvests. It is matured in wood for variable periods of time and  the age mentioned on the label is an average age of the different wines used in blending this port. This is instrumental in the wine expressing its character which is influenced by the ageing in oak casks.

With a brown-tawny colour, the nose is dense with dried fruit aromas, with delicate vanilla and chocolate notes. The soft and silky texture and the subtle nuances of wood are balanced by a fresh acidity which culminates with a long and elegant finish.

When served slightly chilled, it is the ideal choice to serve with appetizers like strong cheeses. The velvety texture and the  aromatic expressions stand-out remarkably with main courses with dried fruits. Irresistible with pate as well as aubergine and nuts. Wonderful choice to serve with a myriad of delicious caramel brownies, chocolate and pistachio pavê and nuts crostini with goats cheese.

£19.70

Barros 20 Year Old Tawny Port (1 x 75cl)

Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their January 2018 edition panel review of Tawny Port (see blue link below).

Sogevinus Barros 20yo Tawny - January 2018 Decanter review

Having celebrated their 100th year of trading in 2013, Barros Port is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious companies producing and trading in Port. Much of their success comes from Colheita Ports - old Tawnies from a single year matured in cask for a minimum period of seven years. 

The vines are grown on terraces cut into the steep hillsides of the Douro Valley. The vines have been planted along the terraces of the greatest slopes, the “Vinha ao Alto”, which translates as "vertically planted vines". The vineyard soils are schist greywacke ante-Ordovician, with some granitic formations. The grapes are manually harvested, once they have reached the optimum maturity according to the variety.

This wine is produced using the traditional Port method. The grapes were destemmed, crushed and underwent a careful skin maceration to extract colour, aromatics and fine tannins. Fermentation took place in vats known as ‘lagares’, with constant pumpovers during fermentation. Temperatures were controlled and maintained at between 28 to 30°C.  Grape brandy was then added, which is known as the ‘benefit’, resulting in a fortified wine with perfect balance. This is a blend of different harvests to achieve the array of characteristics that are typical of these aged tawny Port wines. The wines have each been matured in oak casks for varying periods of time; it is the average age of all the wines in the blend which defines the age on the label.

The Barros 20 Year Old Port is delicate orange in colour, with a greenish rim. On the nose it is a rich and complex combination of dried fruits, spices and subtle hints of wood. Elegant, well-structured and full-bodied, with a long and engaging finish.

Good matches with this port include starters such as strong cheeses and pâté, or desserts such as toffee brownies, chocolate and pistachio pavé or goat’s cheese.

£34.00

Barroubio Muscat De Saint Jean De Minervois 2016 (1 x 75cl)

Domaine de Barroubio is located on a high plateau in the department of Hérault in the commune of Saint Jean de Minervois, a viticultural area famed for the Muscat grape. The vineyards, which lie at an altitude of 250m above sea level, face south for maximum sun exposure. Owner and winemaker Raymond Miquel has built a reputation for the fine quality of his Muscats.

This fortified sweet wine - vin doux naturel - is shimmering golden in the glass with an intense, complex nose of grapes, pear, rose petals and citrus. On the palate it is sweet, rich, powerful with a balancing zesty acidity on the long finish.

This intensely aromatic sweet wine should be served very cold and will pair well with strongly flavoured foods from pate to chocolate cake.

£17.05

Fonseca Crusted (1x75cl)

Powerful aromatic bouquet. Dark berry fruits on the nose and mouth. Great layers of complexity and flavour. Plump raisin, spice, eucalyptus notes as well as the berry fruit flavours. An elegant and finely balanced wine.
Serving Suggestions
Fonseca Crusted is the perfect finish to any meal. It benefits from being decanted and should be served in a generously proportioned wine glass so that its rich fruity nose can be enjoyed to the full. Excellent with fully flavoured cheeses. It is also delicious with desserts made with chocolate or berry fruits.

£15.75

Offley 10 Year Old Tawny Port (1x75cl)

Offley 10 Year Old Tawny Port has an intense tawny colour with brick-like tones. Its elegant and complex bouquet is characterised by flavours of ripe fruit, marmalade and nuts, along with notes of vanilla and raisins. On the palate, the balance between rich sweetness and fine tannins provides the wine with an excellent structure and a delicate yet complex finish.

£17.60

Quinta Do Crasto Late Bottled Vintage Port 2010 (1x37.5cl)

The earliest records mentioning Quinta do Crasto and wine production date back to 1615. It later received Feitoria status (the highest vineyard classification of the time), together with the other noteworthy estates of the Douro Valley. Between 1758 and 1761, the Marquis of Pombal ordered the installation of 335 granite markers to delineate the first ever Demarcated Region in the world. One of these stone pillars, or marcos pombalinos can still be seen today at Quinta do Crasto. In the early 20th century, Quinta do Crasto was bought by Constantino de Almeida and it is now being run by the fourth generation of his family.

The grapes for the LBV port were harvested from old vines, then taken to the winery in plastic boxes. On arrival in the winery they were rigorously inspected on a sorting table. The grapes with their stems were then slightly crushed and transferred to a traditional stone tank (“lagar”) where they were foot trodden. After this, the grape spirit was added to stop the fermentation and fortify the wine.

The port was aged in large oak vats (9,000 litres) for about 4 years. It was then bottled without fining or filtration; a light sediment may form in the bottle over time so we would recommend that you decant this port if possible.

The Quinta Do Crasto LBV 2010 has a deep purple colour. Its aromas are pronounced with fresh notes of wild berry fruit and delicate hints of cocoa. The palate is elegant in the beginning then leads to a wine with a solid backbone of firm, finely-textured tannins that are beautifully combined with wild berry notes. This is an engaging wine that finishes with great freshness and persistence.

We like this because LBV Port represents, in our view, the best quality-for-value of all Port. This 2010 from Quinta do Crasto is particularly fine. QdC are more boutique among the port producers than the big names and this reflects in their wares. So popular has it been that only half-bottles are now available.

£9.55

Quinta Do Vallado 10 Year Old Tawny Port (1 x 50cl)

Awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their January 2018 edition panel review of Tawny Port (see blue link below).

Quinta do Vallardo 10yo - January 2018 Decanter review

Quinta do Vallado, established in 1716, is one of the oldest and most famous "Quintas" in the Douro Valley. It once belonged to the legendary Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira and still belongs to her descendents. It lies on both banks of the Corgo River, a tributary of the Douro river, near its mouth, close to the town of Peso da Régua. This eighteenth-century Douro wine estate is actually one of the most modern-looking in Portugal. Although the team uses the traditional panoply of indigenous grapes, its methods are bang up to date and the results are nothing short of sensational.

The grapes for this port are from old vines. During the fermentation spirit is added to the must; the excess of alcohol on the must stops the fermentation, so not all the the sugar is transformed into alcohol. This port was aged in very old 600 litre oak casks and other old oak vats.

This wine is a brown tawny colour due to extended ageing in barrel instead of bottle. It is a very fresh, rich and velvety style of port. It has rich nutty, dried fruit aromas and luscious, sweet raisin, mocha chocolate, spice and medjool date flavours on the palate. It also has a very persistent, beguiling and complex finish.

£17.40

Quinta Do Vallado 20 Year Old Tawny Port (1 x 50cl)

Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their January 2018 edition panel review of Tawny Port (see blue link below).

Quinta do Vallardo 20yo - January 2018 Decanter review

Quinta do Vallado, established in 1716, is one of the oldest and most famous "Quintas" in the Douro Valley. It once belonged to the legendary Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira and still belongs to her descendents. It lies on both banks of the Corgo River, a tributary of the Douro river, near its mouth, close to the town of Peso da Régua. This eighteenth-century Douro wine estate is actually one of the most modern-looking in Portugal. Although the team uses the traditional panoply of indigenous grapes, its methods are bang up to date and the results are nothing short of sensational.

The grapes for this port are from old vines. During the fermentation spirit is added to the must; the excess of alcohol on the must stops the fermentation, so not all the the sugar is transformed into alcohol. This port was aged in very old 600 litre oak casks and other old oak vats.

This wine is a brown tawny colour due to extended ageing in barrel instead of bottle. It is very rich, combining dry fruit and cigar notes. The taste is very fresh, round, liquorice and velvety on the mouth.

£28.90

Sandeman 10 Year Old Tawny Port (1x75cl)

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their January 2018 edition panel review of Tawny Port (see blue link below).

Sandeman 10yo Tawny - January 2018 Decanter review

The wine has an intense and bright red tawny colour with shades of brick red, typical of this style of Port. The aroma is elegant and complex, combining ripe fruit, jam and nuts, with hints of vanilla and raisins. Sandeman 10 Year Old Tawny is an incredibly flavoursome, full-bodied and appealing wine, with a very persistent finish. Serve this chilled in a proper wine glass to allow the perfumes to express themselves.

£17.50

Sandeman 20 Year Old Tawny Port (1x75cl)

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their January 2018 edition panel review of Tawny Port (see blue link below).

Sandeman 20yo Tawny - January 2018 Decanter review

Rich tawny in colour with hints of brick. The palate expresses a rich and elegant combination of flavours - dried apricots, honey, roasted nuts, spices and vanilla. This is an endlessly complex wine that unfolds smoothly and develops in the mouth. The finish is exceptionally concentrated and long-lasting. Serve this chilled in a proper wine glass to allow the perfumes to express themselves.

£29.30

Valdespino Pedro Ximenez El Candado (1x75cl)

Valdespino is one of the oldest and very few family-owned bodegas in Jerez, with a history of Sherry production going back six centuries. Alfonso Valdespino was one of 24 knights who fought for the city of Jerez with King Alfonso X, against the Arabs in 1264. As a reward for his efforts he was given land in the Jerez region. Today Valdespino belongs to the Estevez family, and they own 750 hectares of their own vineyards in Jerez, which is rare in this region, and allows them close control over grape quality. 

The soil where the Pedro Ximénez grapes are grown in the Jerez region is high in silica and calcic carbonate. It is deep and has a good oxygen content, and produces grapes with high sugar levels.

When the Pedro Ximénez grapes are harvested, they are left out in the sun to dry for at least two weeks. This concentrates the sugars through evaporation, turning them to raisins. A very sweet must is then obtained through pressing, which is fermented and then fortified to around 17%, using grape spirit of 96%. The wine is then aged in a Solera system made up of three ‘criadera‘ and a solera, made from American oak casks, and fractionally blended. The wine is aged 100% oxidatively and has an average age of ten years. The final wine must meet requirements to show standard characteristics and parameters expected of a Pedro Ximénez sherry. 

A deep mahogany colour. Intense aromas of dried fruits, raisins, figs, and subtle notes of chocolate and coffee. Smooth and velvety on the palate, with great length and balance.

 

£18.75

Bodegas Hidalgo La Gitana Manzanilla Non Vintage (1x 75cl)

Dry and refreshing, with apple, straw and nutty flavours all underscored by a salty tanginess. Lightweight and balanced, zesty and refreshing.

£11.00

Bodegas Hidalgo Prestigio Amontillado Seco Napoleon Non Vintage (1x 50cl)

Aroma: rich hazelnut. Full and long on the palate. Taste: nutty full flavour, dry and refined. Amontillado Seco Napoleon is originally aged to become a Manzanilla using the traditional solera system in butts of American oak. However, certain casks show a deeper, nuttier character, and are transfered to a separate solera to age oxidatively as part of the Amontillado blend. The name originates from the days of the Peninsula War, when the Hidalgos sold wine both to the French and the British!
£10.74

Bodegas Hidalgo Prestigio Pedro Ximenez Triana Non Vintage (1x 50cl)

Produced by the Hidalgo Family bodega, established in 1792 in Sanlúcar. Made using grapes dried on straw mats, fermented and fortified, then aged under the solaria system. One of the sweetest wines in the world, PX is about as sweet as things can get!Taste: Aromas of raisins, molasses, figs, toffee, caramel, nuts, the palate is incredibly thick, dense, with an oily texture, massive concentration and unsurpassed sweetness and prolonged length.The ultimate sweet wine!
£14.10

Fonseca Aged Tawny 10 Years Old (1x 50cl)

Russet in colour with brilliant crimson highlights and a fragrant, ripe-fruit bouquet. Its smooth, silky texture and subtle oak nuances are balanced by a fresh acidity and tannic "grip" that culminate in a long, elegant, plumy finish.
£16.34
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