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Port

PORT

  • The “Wood Aged” Ports, as their name suggests, spend the majority of their maturation time in barrel and are only bottled when ready for drinking. Ruby Port is the youngest, freshest style designed for fairly immediate drinking. The Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) Ports spend the first 4-6 years in cask before being bottled (usually without filtration). They have the rich character of a Vintage Port but are ready to drink much sooner. Good to drink when young, LBV's can also age well in bottle. Tawny Ports are lighter in appearance (hence the name) and in taste, being characterised by elegant toffee flavours rather than the headier chocolate character of the vintage or LBV wine. Tawny Port is usually bottled with an age indication (10 Years, 20 Years etc) and are delicious served lightly chilled. A Colheita Port is a tawny from a single year - a vintage tawny if you like. White Port is made in exactly the same way as the red styles but using white grape varieties. They vary from sweet to dry – the former made good pudding wines, the later are excellent aperitifs and are best served chilled, either on their own or with ice or perhaps with tonic as a long drink.
  • Vintage Ports are made from grapes from a single year (vintage), and are considered to be the ultimate expression of Port. A Port house will only produce a vintage in exceptional years; this is called a “vintage declaration”. A vintage will be declared usually 3 years in every 10. Although of great importance to the reputation of a Port house, Vintage Port makes up only about 2% of a Port house's overall business. The young wine spends two years in barrel before being bottled after which it needs to be left to age for at least 15 years. Over this time the powerful, and often aggressive, Port mellows and softens to give wonderfully rich and voluptuous wine, full of dense brooding fruit and liquid chocolate flavours. These wines need to be decanted before serving to remove the sediments that have developed in the bottle during the maturation period. Once decanted, the wine is normally good for a couple of weeks. Recent Port declarations have been 2015, 2011, 2007, 2003, 2000, 1997, 1994.

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  • Dry White “Rabbit” Port, Niepoort, Porto, 20% vol, 75cl

    Dry White “Rabbit” Port, Niepoort, Porto, 20% vol, 75cl

    PT33

     

    Niepoort Dry White is made in the traditional style with long skin maceration. The final blend includes different wines aged in oak casks with an average of 3½ years.

     

    The white grapes undergo long skin maceration, occasionally with foot treading in lagares, with fermentation carrying on to near dryness, before the addition of pure grape brandy. Ageing is carried in small old oak casks in our cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia for at least 3½ years before bottling.

     

    Golden/brown in colour with a delightful aroma of nuts and almonds which comes through on the palate with a fresh concentrated spirity finish, from extended ageing in small old oak barrels.

     

    Dry White is lovely if served chilled as an aperitif or as a long drink with Tonic Water, ice and a twist of lemon.

    £17.16

  • “Collector” Ruby Reserva, Ramos Pinto, Vila Nova de Gaia, 19.5% vol, 75cl

    “Collector” Ruby Reserva, Ramos Pinto, Vila Nova de Gaia, 19.5% vol, 75cl

    PT23

    Founded in 1880 by brothers Adriano and Antonio, this Port house has always had a pioneering spirit.

     

    Ramos Pinto is run today by the heirs of these two energetic vintners: Jorge Rosas, Export Director and João Nicolau de Almeida, the enologist

     

    In 1990 Ramos Pinto became part of the Champagne Louis Roederer group, which shares a similar family owned history and has since enjoyed significant investment and further improvements in quality.

     

    Among Port producers, Ramos Pinto enjoys the distinction of holding the largest proportion of vineyards in relation to its production, giving them a high degree of control over viticultural methods at harvest time. The house tends 187 hectares of prime vineyards in the Alto Corgo and Douro Superior areas of the famed Douro region, the mountainous valleys formed by the Douro River and its tributaries.

     

    Collector” Reserva is a 5 Year Old Ruby created from several young wines.

    Deep ruby red in appearance, the nose is similar to that of a vintage with its dominant and dense fruit revealing ripe aromas of dried plum, fig, blackberry, raspberry and cherry. The palate is smooth and a full, with juicy, sweet fruit balanced by a firm structure and supporting acidity.

    £18.60

  • “Adriano” White Reserva Port, Ramos Pinto, Vila Nova de Gaia, 19.5% vol, 75cl

    “Adriano” White Reserva Port, Ramos Pinto, Vila Nova de Gaia, 19.5% vol, 75cl

    PT06

    Founded in 1880 by brothers Adriano and Antonio, this Port house has always had a pioneering spirit.

     

    Ramos Pinto is run today by the heirs of these two energetic vintners: Jorge Rosas, Export Director and João Nicolau de Almeida, the enologist

     

    In 1990 Ramos Pinto became part of the Champagne Louis Roederer group, which shares a similar family owned history and has since enjoyed significant investment and further improvements in quality.

     

    Among Port producers, Ramos Pinto enjoys the distinction of holding the largest proportion of vineyards in relation to its production, giving them a high degree of control over viticultural methods at harvest time. The house tends 187 hectares of prime vineyards in the Alto Corgo and Douro Superior areas of the famed Douro region, the mountainous valleys formed by the Douro River and its tributaries.

     

    Adriano White Reserva is a delicate wine. Aromatic and complex, it is brimming with tropical, exotic and spicy notes. The nose is fine, intense and complex, blending tropical aromas with crystallized orange, plus hints of balsam and spices. The palate is full-bodied but elegant, well-balance and with a long-lasting finish.

     

    Served chilled it make a perfect aperitif or ideal to accompany rich savoury dishes, cheeses or fruit puddings and cakes.

    £18.96

  • 10 Year Old Tawny, Quinta do Vallado, Régua, 19.5% vol, 50cl

    10 Year Old Tawny, Quinta do Vallado, Régua, 19.5% vol, 50cl

    PT05

    Quinta do Vallado, established in 1716, is one of the oldest and most famous “Quintas” in the Douro Valley and is today run by the sixth generation of the Ferreira family.
    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.

     

    A blend based on Touriga Roriz, Touriga Amarela and Touriga Franca, the wine has been aged in old, 600 litre casks.

     

    The wine has a lovely amber appearance with a nose full of toffee and vanilla notes with dried fruit and some tobacco hints. The palate is elegant, rich and smooth with a very long finish.

     

    Bottled in 2015.

    £22.26

  • Graham’s “Quinta dos Malvedos” 2005 Vintage Port, 20% vol, 75cl

    Graham’s “Quinta dos Malvedos” 2005 Vintage Port, 20% vol, 75cl

    PT11

    The extraordinary quality of the wines from the Malvedos vineyard is such that in Vintage declarations these wines provide the main structure of Graham’s classic Vintage Ports. In most interim years, the wines from Malvedos merit bottling as a Single Quinta Vintage Port: Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos Vintage Port.

     

    Graham’s 2005 Quinta dos Malvedos Vintage Port has a black/purple colour. A lovely complex nose with excellent sweet and rich fruit aromas such as black cherry, black currant and blackberry. On the palate it is packed with solid, structured, rich and intense black fruit flavours and an admirably long finish.

    £24.90

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    “Guimaraens” 2004, Fonseca , Oporto, 20.5% vol, 75cl

    “Guimaraens” 2004, Fonseca , Oporto, 20.5% vol, 75cl

    “Guimaraens” Vintage Ports are made in years when the wines are more supple and early maturing but  nevertheless they share the origins, heritage and complex fruity style of the classic Fonseca vintages and are drawn from the produce of the same three estates. They differ only in that they are more approachable, ready to drink earlier and more accessibly priced.

     

    The 2003/2004 winter was very dry, having only rained 1/3 of the quantity registered the previous winter. The concern in July was mainly one of doubting the vines capacity to ripen the grapes due to the drastic shortage of water.

     

    The vintage stood out for the perfect weather conditions for the whole period. The young Ports showed good structure with very fresh berry fruit aromas, resulting from the cooler than normal ripening period.

     

    The fresh blackberry fruit aromas are enhanced by a wonderfully aromatic, scented quality.

     

    A huge amount of depth and backbone to this Port. Everything is in harmony and perfect balance. The dark berry fruit flavours marry perfectly with the tannins. A very fine wine.

    £29.64

  • “Guimaraens” 1998, Fonseca , Oporto, 20.5% vol, 75cl

    “Guimaraens” 1998, Fonseca , Oporto, 20.5% vol, 75cl

    PT16

    In certain years, when there is no classic Fonseca Vintage Port made, a Guimaraens Vintage Port may be made instead.  When Guimaraens Vintage Ports were first released in the 1930’s they were made in the same years as the classic Fonseca Vintage Ports but blended from slightly less powerful components, much like the second wines of the Bordeaux châteaux.

     

    Today Guimaraens Vintage Ports are made in years when the wines are more supple and early maturing.

     

    Guimaraens Vintage Ports nevertheless share the origins, heritage and complex fruity style of the classic Fonseca vintages and are drawn from the produce of the same three estates. They differ only in that they are more approachable, ready to drink earlier and more accessibly priced.

     

     

    The 1998 has a complex and elegant bottle matured bouquet. Plum and cherry fruit with spicy, aromatic  background. Lean, stylish wine with good structure. Fresh, firm finish that holds well.

    £29.64

  • 10 Year Old Tawny, “Quinta de Ervamoira”, Ramos Pinto, Vila Nova de Gaia, 20% vol, 75cl

    10 Year Old Tawny, “Quinta de Ervamoira”, Ramos Pinto, Vila Nova de Gaia, 20% vol, 75cl

    PT07

    Founded in 1880 by brothers Adriano and Antonio, this Port house has always had a pioneering spirit.

     

    Ramos Pinto is run today by the heirs of these two energetic vintners: Jorge Rosas, Export Director and João Nicolau de Almeida, the enologist

     

    In 1990 Ramos Pinto became part of the Champagne Louis Roederer group, which shares a similar family owned history and has since enjoyed significant investment and further improvements in quality.

     

    Among Port producers, Ramos Pinto enjoys the distinction of holding the largest proportion of vineyards in relation to its production, giving them a high degree of control over viticultural methods at harvest time. The house tends 187 hectares of prime vineyards in the Alto Corgo and Douro Superior areas of the famed Douro region, the mountainous valleys formed by the Douro River and its tributaries.

     

    The award-winning 10, and 20 year-old Tawnies are produced at Quinta da Ervamoira and Bom Retiro respectively.

     

    This tawny is a blend with an average age of 10 years. The main grape varieties are Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, and Touriga Franca. 

     


    Its brick-red
    in colour with hints of amber/gold at the edge. The nose is soft and full of exotic spices – ginger and cinnamon as well as fruit aromas – orange apricot and plum. The palate is dry and elegant with lots of fruit supported by a firm backbone of acidity. Delicious at room temperature or lightly chilled.

    £31.86

  • 10 Year Old Tawny, Niepoort, 20% vol, 75cl

    10 Year Old Tawny, Niepoort, 20% vol, 75cl

    PT04

    Niepoort has been an independent family business since 1842. The Niepoort lodges are located in the historical center of Vila Nova de Gaia; a magical place where Portwines are aged in old casks, bottles or demijohns.

     

    The Tawnies are aged in small old oak casks, (550l), in the cellars at Vila Nova de Gaia, over many years. The balanced marriage of the different characteristics and diverse ages is the art of the Niepoort Master Blender, José Nogueira.

     

    Tawny in colour, with aromas of dried apricots and crystallized tangerine peel well integrated with a nutty character.

     

    The palate reveals dried fruits with a fiery spirity finish. With a great structure and a long finish. This offers amazing aromas of orange and lemon peel, with hints of toffee, caramel and honey. Fullbodied and luscious, with lots of sweet fruit and a long subtle finish that goes on and on. This is really the benchmark for 10-year-old tawnies.”

     

    Tasting notes from James Suckling in June-2003.

     

     

    £38.22