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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.

    £16.26

  • 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.

    £20.76

  • Niepoort Late Bottled Vintage 2012, 19.5% vol, 75cl

    Niepoort Late Bottled Vintage 2012, 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 2012 vintage bottled “late”, after 4 years in cask, in 2016.

     

    £21.30

  • Churchill’s Crusted Port, Churchill Graham, 19.5% vol, 75cl

    Churchill’s Crusted Port, Churchill Graham, 19.5% vol, 75cl

    PT25

    Churchill’s was founded by John Graham in 1981, and is the first British Port Wine company to be established in 50 years. The company is named after his wife, Caroline Churchill.

     

    Crusted” Port is usually blended from Vintage Port lots of two different years. It is aged in oak casks before being bottled and then matured in bottle for at least 3 years before being sold. The year on the label, in this case 2005, indicates the year of bottling.

     

    A blend of several Douro varieties including Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca and Tinta Francisca from Churchill’s old vineyards at their estates Quinta da Gricha and Quinta do Rio in the Cima Corgo sub-region of the Douro.

     

    Carefully blended from Vintage Ports of two different years which have been aged for 2 to 3 years in wood. The Crusted blend then spends its final 6 months in seasoned oak casks before being bottled unfiltered into dark bottles.

     

    Decant before serving at room temperature (16-18 ºC). Once decanted it is good for a week or so.

     

    Full, dark ruby in colour, the nose has a concentrated berry aroma and on the palate a broad structure with rich complexity.

     

    Delicious on its own after lunch or dinner, Crusted is also excellent with dark fruit puddings or strong cheeses such as Stilton and Camembert.

     

    Although ready for drinking, this Crusted Port will continue to improve for at least 10 years, gaining in complexity just like a young Vintage Port. It should be stored on its side at cellar temperature (12-14 ºC).

    £22.26

  • Warre’s “Quinta da Cavadinha” 2002, 20% vol, 75cl

    Warre’s “Quinta da Cavadinha” 2002, 20% vol, 75cl

    PT14

    Quinta da Cavadinha is located in the heart of the Pinhão Valley and the main vineyard is situated in a gentle ‘bowl’ (180 metres above sea level) formed by a sharp bend in the Pinhão River. It rises very steeply with terraced vineyards to an altitude of 440 metres and the vineyard aspect is south-east and east.


    Old vines make up a very high proportion of the vineyard, consequently these wines are dark and concentrated, but the south easterly aspect and higher altitude results in a very elegant style. The wines from the lower vineyards that border the Pinhão River are tannic, dark purple-red and concentrated but have superb aromas.


    With age, the Cavadinha wines develop even more elegance and balance; the nose can give aromas of very fine old burgundy after some years in bottle.

    £25.74

  • Churchill’s 20 Year Old Tawny, Churchill Graham, 19.5% vol, 50cl

    Churchill’s 20 Year Old Tawny, Churchill Graham, 19.5% vol, 50cl

    PT21

    Churchill’s was founded by John Graham in 1981, and is the first British Port Wine company to be established in 50 years. The company is named after his wife, Caroline Churchill.

     

    Churchill’s 20 Year Old Tawny Port is a reflection of the Douro terroir that, combined with delicate ageing in seasoned oak casks, results in a Port full of finesse whilst still retaining Churchill’s characteristic fresh identity.

     

    The fruit for Churchill’s 20 Year Old Tawny comes from the old vineyards on their Estates located in the Cima Corgo sub-region of the Douro Wine region. It is a blend of several Douro varieties including Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão, Tinta Barroca and Touriga Franca.

     

    A pale red tawny colour with a golden rim. A delicate nose of almonds and red Moreno cherries. Savoury and rich on the palate, without losing the grip, it finishes long and fresh.

     

    There is no need to decant the Port, and once opened it is fine for a month or so.

     

    Best served at cellar temperature (12 -15 ºC), Chuchill’s 20 Year Old Tawny matches well with dried fruits, roasted almonds and mature cheeses.

    £28.92

  • “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, 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.

     

     

    £37.02

  • Colheita 2005, Niepoort, 20.5% vol, 75cl

    Colheita 2005, Niepoort, 20.5% vol, 75cl

    PT20

    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 Port wines are aged in old casks, bottles or demijohns.

     

    In the port trade, “Colheita” (literally “harvest” or “crop”) refers to a tawny port from a single year or vintage. Unlike a vintage port, which spends only a couple of years in cask before being bottled, the Colheita, like all tawny port, spends several years in barrel prior to bottling. It is this extended time in cask that gives the wines their lighter (tawny) colour, lovely toffee flavours, great concentration and unique flavour.

     

    The grapes were trodden in lagares and later the Port was matured in small old oak casks at Niepoort’s  lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia until being bottled in 2014.

     

     

    £38.76