Tawny Ports are of two distinct types. The younger is usually called a "fine tawny". Aged Tawny Ports are brought to maturity in wood for ten, twenty, thirty, sometimes forty years, depending on the characteristics of the young wine. As they age they lose their ruby colour through slow oxidation in the cask and turn a reddish-brown shade. A blend to reflect the taste of the producer, its age is of the average age of wines used in the blend. At ten years, Tawny Port retains some of the original fruitiness. By twenty it has developed a taste of dried fruit and nuts and by thirty years it has a mature spicy character with, perhaps, some retained nuttiness that may be more like dates or dried figs. Tawny Ports can be served at room temperature or cooler although, as noted, tawny is often served chilled in Portugal.
Colheita (call YAY ta) is a kind of Tawny Port. The word means "harvest" and is made from the grapes of one years harvest. Colheita is aged for many years in pipes (barrels of 600 litres). The youngest Colheita Ports are bottled in their eighth year although most are aged longer. This wine is ready to be drunk when released and can be served at room temperature or cooler. In Portugal tawny wines are often served chilled.
Vintage Ports come from a single harvest and have exceptional characteristics, showing a dark red colour, a great structure and intense fruity aromas and flavours. They are bottled two years after the harvest and in most cases spend many years maturing in the bottle.
Through this ageing process Vintage Ports are kept away from the influence of the atmosphere, which makes them loose their colour very slowly and retain their typical fruitiness.
In order to maintain richness and power they are neither fined nor filtered, therefore throwing a large amount of sediment as they mature. For this reason, they should be decanted before being served. Once opened, a Vintage bottle should be drunk the same day (throw the cork away once opened) to keep the exceptional quality untouched.
Cálem Fine Tawny Porto
Lively brown-tawny colour. Honeydew fruit nose, with dried fruit aromas and remarkable notes of wood. In the mouth it is silky, round and with an intense presence of fruit. A wine of great balance and excellent character... more »
Clevedon Hills "Leighton's Port" 375ml (Only 22 Bottles available)
A Rich ruby port with harmonious blend of grap varieties grown at Clevedon Hills estate & Vin Alto. ... more »
Pirramimma McLaren Vale Eight Carat Aged Tawny
The blend used for this aged Tawny was made from traditional varieties ideal for fortification. Brick red in colour, displaying a bouquet of toffee apple, caramel and stewed plum. Rich and full bodied showing sweet old wood, chocolate raisins and rancio characters.Luscious mouth feel, with ... more »
Krohn 10 Year Old Tawny Port
A tawny with a great complexity and the typical aromas and flavours of wood aged ports, with lots of nuts and caramel. Lightly sweet on the palate, this 10 year old shows well aged nutty flavour and finishes with hints of caramel and honeyed dates.... more »
Krohn Vintage 2003
$85.00$80.00Available in a gift boxDeep red colour. Fruity aroma with vegetal notes. Unctious and full bodied, balanced tannins with a lengthy finish. Drinkable now, but will profit from longer aging.Krohn are a small family-owned Port house run by brother and sister Jose a... more »
Krohn Senador Tawny Porto
Krohn is a small family owned Port house in Portugal long renowned for the quality of their sublime Ports. They produce a remarkably complete range for a small house and each wine excels in it’s category... more »