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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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  • “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

  • Niepoort Late Bottled Vintage 2014, 19.5% vol, 75cl

    Niepoort Late Bottled Vintage 2014, 19.5% vol, 75cl

    PT02

    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 grapes used to produce Niepoort LBV come from low production vineyards in the Cima Corgo region of Douro Valley. They are foot trodden in granite “lagares” and then the wine is aged in large wooden vats, in the cellars at Vila Nova de Gaia. It is Niepoort’s tradition to begin bottling LBV four years after harvesting to maintain the freshness and fruitiness which are characteristic of these wines.

     

    A pretty, deep ruby/violet colour, it has a complex aroma where red fruit notes are predominant, reminiscent of cherries and spices, with a peppery touch. A hint of dark chocolate. On the palate, it is greatly concentrated and full-bodied with firm tannins which at the same time are elegant and smooth.  The great acidity provides freshness and balance to the wine. The finish is long and persistent.

     

    This LBV is ready to be enjoyed and will become more complex by extending ageing for a couple of decades.

     

    The 2014 vintage was bottled “late”, after 5 years in cask, in 2019.

     

    £23.04

  • 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.

    £23.76

  • 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

  • Croft 2007, Vila Nova de Gaia, 20% vol

    Croft 2007, Vila Nova de Gaia, 20% vol

    PT08

    Deep purple black with narrow magenta rim. The heady and powerfully aromatic nose displays a characteristic abundance of rich plump fruit and the exotic notes of eucalyptus and rock rose which are the hallmark of the Quinta da Roêda wines on which the blend is based. Juicy and luscious on the palate, with discreet and well fused tannins and a long generous finish.

    £44.10

  • 20 Year Old Tawny, “Quinta do Bom Retiro”, Ramos Pinto, Vila Nova de Gaia, 20% vol, 75cl

    20 Year Old Tawny, “Quinta do Bom Retiro”, Ramos Pinto, Vila Nova de Gaia, 20% vol, 75cl

    PT14

    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.

     

    Made from Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca and Tinto Cão, his wonderful old tawny is a blend with an average age of 20 years, made from a selection of several lots originating in one of the oldest vineyards in the Douro region – “Quinta do Bom Retiro”.

     

     


    The age of this wine has seen its colour change to a warm brick red with hints of gold. The nose is fresh with notes of toffee and fudge over grapefruit, apricot, nut and cocoa aromas, flavours that follow through on to the rich and generous palate.

    £51.90

  • Fonseca 2003, Oporto, 20.5% vol, 75cl

    Fonseca 2003, Oporto, 20.5% vol, 75cl

    PT30

    Fine deep colour with brick red edge.  Good depth of nose, sweet and harmonious, some spirit on the nose, rich, soft touches of dark chocolate and cherry (cherry tomato).  Harmonious, elegant wine, some fine structure with exciting hints of spice and mint, very focused fruit, soft.

     

    A delightful Vintage Port now with good tannins to take it to old age.  Appears softer than usual. Closing nose.  Big fruit, blackcurrant and blackberry, real intense jams  with cocoa notes and firm yet silky tannins.

     

    Powerful Vintage Port. Fine ripe fruit, good expression, cherry, a charming character.

    £52.08