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  • 2018 Vintage Fortified Shiraz, d’Arenberg – 500mlFortified, Port, Port & Dessert Wine

    2018 Vintage Fortified Shiraz, d’Arenberg – 500ml

    £1750

    From the first declared vintage in 1928, d’Arenberg’s fortified wines have been Shiraz based, and the vines that produced the original vintage still provide the grapes for this wine. These old vines are stumpy, gnarled and deep-rooted, distinguished by their small bunches of highly coloured and intensely flavoured grapes.

    This 2018 is beautifully perfumed with blackberry, blueberry and middle eastern saffron spice on the nose. Dusty, earthy aromas give way to layers of aniseed and black olive. The palate beautifully follows the nose; mouth-filling, generous, and not overtly sweet. One to cellar for many moons.

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  • 2016 Sandeman Unfiltered Late Bottled Vintage PortPort, Port & Dessert Wine

    2016 Sandeman Unfiltered Late Bottled Vintage Port

    £1895

    The Sandeman Unfiltered Late Bottled Vintage is one of the best LBVs on the market. A blend of Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca.

    Deep ruby in colour, this wine boasts intense and complex aromas of ripe and juicy blackberries, black cherries, strawberries and plums, married with spicy notes and subtle hints of cocoa. On the palate, firm but ripe tannins and a lively acidity carry the sumptuous flavours onto the lingering finish.

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  • 2015 Late Bottled Vintage Port, BarrosPort, Port & Dessert Wine

    2015 Late Bottled Vintage Port, Barros

    £1975

    This 2015 Late Bottled Vintage Port has aromas of fresh fruit and red berries are accompanied by subtle sensations of mint and orange blossom. Firm, elegant tannins envelop the palate, leaving the flavours of fresh red fruit and spices through to a sweet and elegant finish. Serve with chocolate and pear millefeuille or a selection of hard cheeses.

    The vines that the grapes for this wine come from 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”.

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  • The Nostalgia Rare Tawny, d’Arenberg, 375mlDessert Wine, Fortified, Port, Port & Dessert Wine

    The Nostalgia Rare Tawny, d’Arenberg, 375ml

    £2250

    The Nostalgia Rare NV is a decadent wine, offering a delicious concentration of toffee, cherry, caramel and marmalade and is the oldest wine that d’Arenberg release each year. It is only available in tiny quantities due to the amount that evaporates to the atmosphere over time, known as “the angel’s share”. The centrepiece of the label is a coat of arms with the original d’Arenberg crest, created by d’Arry Osborn in 1959 when he first released wine with the red stripe. Alongside the crest as supporters are a Clydesdale horse and a Dorper lamb, both important to the history of the winery and also today.

    In the glass it’s a burnished bronze with an alluring rim of olive – illustrating the great age of some of the parcels that have gone into this wine. The nose is at first a cascade of walnuts toasted almonds and rancio (drying, mature complex oak character). It then opens up to dried fruits, pears and apples with a sprinkling of cinnamon spice, further inspection gives up toffee, dried figs and burnt butter. The palate is very lively, tingling with spice and lift – a fantastic balance of freshness and age, the sweetness kept in check by the rancio.

    In 2013 Chester Osborn, current Chief Winemaker and Viticulturalist, reintroduced the use of horses to the oldest bush vine Grenache vineyard in McLaren Vale, and sheep continue to graze between the vines as part of the biodynamic practices employed in the vineyards. Other elements of the coat of arms represent the export history of their fortified wines, illustrated by a ship crossing an ocean of vine leaves. Also present are acknowledgements of the traditional viticulture and winemaking techniques that are still in use at d’Arenberg, hand pruning and basket pressing. A second look at the labels show a human foot drawn on each supporting animal, representative of foot treading of each red ferment. Other features are vineyard tools and oak barrels, a copper pot still and a gentle cherub.

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  • Sandeman 10-Year-Old Tawny PortPort, Port & Dessert Wine

    Sandeman 10-Year-Old Tawny Port

    £2395

    The Sandeman range of Aged Tawny Ports is the most highly awarded of any Port House. These intense and complex Ports undergo extended periods of ageing in oak casks in the Sandeman lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia.

    The 10-Year-Old Tawny is a reddish tawny in colour in the glass.  On the nose, aromas of mellow red fruits combine with notes of raisins, roasted nuts, caramel and vanilla. On the palate, the sweetness is well balanced by a refreshing acidity which carries the complex flavours onto the lingering finish.

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  • Offer 2005 Colheita Port, BarrosPort, Port & Dessert Wine

    2005 Colheita Port, Barros

    £2700 17% saving

    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. Their expertise in Colheita Ports has established them as the stand out producer of this style. Barros leaves their Colheita Ports to mature in cask until being hand bottled to order. The loss of wine from evaporation (known as the ‘Angel’s Share’) is much higher in comparison to bottle ageing. It is a sacrifice they are willing to make and one that helps them achieve unsurpassed quality in their Colheita wines.

    This 2005 Colheita port is a bright brown colour with reddish hints in the glass.  Complex nose, characterised by the presence of the wood notes wonderfully blended with aromas of spice, dried fruits and delicate hints of fruit jam. Well structured with good balance and firm, round tannins that emerge on the intense and velvety palate. Delightful persistence on the finish.

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  • Sandeman 20-Year-Old Tawny PortPort, Port & Dessert Wine

    Sandeman 20-Year-Old Tawny Port

    £4350

    This 20-Year-Old Tawny Port boasts huge intensity and complexity of flavour and is a blend of wines from carefully selected barrels that have spent between 15 to 40 years ageing in the historic Sandeman cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia.

    Rich tawny in colour. On the nose, pronounced aromas of dried fruits, honey and roasted nuts combine with spicy notes of vanilla and cinnamon. A wine of great elegance, there is a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity on the palate and the complex flavours develop on the exceptionally concentrated and long finish.

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  • 1996 Colheita Port, BarrosPort, Port & Dessert Wine

    1996 Colheita Port, Barros

    £4750

    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. Their expertise in Colheita Ports has established them as the stand out producer of this style. Barros leaves their Colheita Ports to mature in cask until being hand bottled to order. The loss of wine from evaporation (known as the ‘Angel’s Share’) is much higher in comparison to bottle ageing. It is a sacrifice they are willing to make and one that helps them achieve unsurpassed quality in their Colheita wines.

    This 1996 Colheita is exceptional.  In the glass, it has bright brown-tawny colour with slight reflexes of red. The wine reveals a rich and elegant nose, combining the dried fruits aromas with the aromatic wood notes. Soft and silky in the taste, full of ripe figs and sweet flavours. A sensation of depth, in an elegant and distinctive style.  Exceptional.

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  • 1996 Vintage Port, BarrosPort, Port & Dessert Wine

    1996 Vintage Port, Barros

    £4750

    The Barros Vintage Port 1996 has a wonderful intensity of colour and is full of floral aromas and rich, sweet fruits. The opulent palate explodes with fruit, complexity and structure wrapped in a deep elegance through to an endless finish.

    The vines are grown on terraces cut into the steep hillsides of the Douro Valley; they are 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. This soil is rich in nutrients and has useful water retention properties. Traditionally, the vines in the region are grown low, close to the ground.

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  • 2003 Vintage Port, Smith WoodhousePort, Port & Dessert Wine

    2003 Vintage Port, Smith Woodhouse

    £5500

    Smith Woodhouse is part of the Symington family of ports (Grahams, Warres etc) and is an under the radar Port house that doesn’t really get the attention that its Vintage ports deserve.

    This glorious 2003 vintage port delivers huge concentration and power. In the glass, it has an alluring nose of tobacco, smoke, and black fruits.   This is a very fruit-forward port with lots of red berries, cherries and soft spices and a long finish.  The ripe tannic back-drop along with an imperious finish means that this port will reign for a long time.  Grown-up vintage port.  Try this with a strong hard cheese.

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  • 2003 Vintage Port, KrohnPort, Port & Dessert Wine

    2003 Vintage Port, Krohn

    £5950

    Traditional grape varieties are sourced from the Quinta do Retiro estate and neighbouring growers in the Rio Torto Valley. Here old vines are planted in schistous soils. Fermentation is in open granite tanks called ‘lagares’, where the grapes are trodden by foot. Fermentation is interrupted by the addition of grape spirit to preserve a certain degree of natural sweetness. Aged for around 2 years in 547 litre oak barrels (the traditional ‘pipe’) and larger casks. Then bottled (unfiltered) and aged for several more years before release.

    Retaining a deep and youthful colour, the nose has intense black fruit characters, with notes of sweet spices, liquorice and vanilla. The palate has structure and concentration, with rich, ripe plum and cherry flavours, more spice and firm tannins. It is drinking well now, but still has many years ahead.

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  • 2003 Croft Vintage PortFortified, Port, Port & Dessert Wine

    2003 Croft Vintage Port

    £6000

    Croft is one of the most distinguished of all Port houses, founded in 1588, it is the oldest firm still active today as a Port wine producer. Croft is renowned above all for its Vintage Ports.   This rich and full-bodied 2003 is a fine example of this exceptional year.

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  • 30 Year Old Tawny Port, TaylorsPort, Port & Dessert Wine

    30 Year Old Tawny Port, Taylors

    £6995

    Taylor’s is one of the few remaining houses to produce a 30-Year-Old aged tawny Port. Selected red Ports produced in the eastern areas of the Douro Valley are matured in seasoned oak casks in Taylor’s cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia. Here, the cool and damp coastal climate encourages a slow and gentle ageing process, producing aromas of great complexity and finesse.
    Only every two or three years is a reserve of Port with sufficient structure, fruit and power to age is laid aside to age in oak casks. Those that have reached their peak after thirty years are then blended together for balance and finesse, and to ensure consistency of quality and style. This 30 year old tawny is one such wine.

    Tasting Notes:
    Deep, old gold colour with hints of dried fruit and honey offsetting the rich nutty aromas. Lush, silky richness with an elegant, slightly austere quality which is quite distinctive. Subtle dried fruit flavours underly, exotic layers of caramel and nuts culminating in an endless finish.

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  • 2000 Vintage Port, Quinta do NovalPort, Port & Dessert Wine

    2000 Vintage Port, Quinta do Noval

    £9500

    Only released in great years this 2000 Quinta do Noval is inky purplish-red and nearly opaque in the glass with sweet plum and a grapey aromatic profile. Densely packed with boysenberry and plump purple fruit that is lightly laced with liquorice. Full-bodied, and expansive on the palate with a great tannin structure and fabulous length on the finish.

    Outer quote mark The 2000 Quinta Do Noval Vintage is much stricter on the nose compared to 1997 with very pure blackberry, boysenberry and blueberry fruit mixed with cigar box and flinty scents. It does not quite have the presence of the 1997 but it has focus and breeding and, wow, leave it aside for several minutes and it repays you with intoxicating candied orange peel scents. The palate is medium-bodied, rounded and sensual on the entry with mint, orange peel, fig skin and white pepper. This is a sensational millennial Noval with the temerity to surpass the Nacional.  Inner quote mark. 96 points Neil Martin, Wine Advocate 

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  • 2011 Vintage Port, Kopke – MagnumPort, Port & Dessert Wine

    2011 Vintage Port, Kopke – Magnum

    £12500

    Kopke is officially the worlds oldest Port House with its roots going back to 1638 and produces excellent Colheita and vintage ports that are known for their ageing potential.

    This Magnum of Kopke Vintage Port is rather special as 2011 is regarded as one of the all-time great vintages for port and is rated 99/100 by the Wine Spectator.   In the glass, it reveals flavours of black fruits, with notes of plums, raspberries and cherries with a touch of chocolate truffles. Big juicy tannins come to the fore as well as ripe black fruit and black pepper.  The finish is impressive and oh so seductive. Drink now to 2050.

    Kopke’s unique quality derives from very low yield Touriga Nacional grapes of over 100-yr-old vines and 50% of other varietals averaging 80 years.  No wonder that these vintage ports rank among the top releases since grapes are harvested from very old vines of up to 100-plus years, yielding small amounts of very intense fruit from Kopke’s famous Font Santa vineyard at Quinta São Luiz.

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