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  • This intense, ruby-colored wine is from the extreme south of France, where the Pyrenees meet the Mediterranean and the vines grown on steep, schistous terraces. Rimage is a Catalan word which means vintage. Therefore a Rimage Banyuls is a fortified wine in which all grapes come from a certain vintage, much like a Colheita or vintage Port. Made entirely from Grenache Noir. The vineyards produce very low yields (hl/ha) in this schisteous soil and warm climate of Southern France. Grapes are destemmed and fermented in stainless steel vats. The fermentation is stopped by adding alcohol; a long maceration of 20 days follows, extracting fruity aromas classic of early bottles Banyuls. The wines are aged for 6 months in oak barrels that are regularly topped up. Complex aromas of fresh red fruits (cherry and strawberry) with fresh fig notes and a touch of soft vanilla. Greedy and harmonious on both sweetness and unctuosity. Slightly liquoriced finish.
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    100% Boal Grapes from various quality vineyards from Campanário, Estreito da Calheta and Prazeres. Grapes were pressed in a continuous press. Arresting of fermentation takes place at the desired degree of sweetness by adding alcohol (96%). Boal aged in French oak casks for over 10 years by the Canteiro method. For this blend selected wines are used from the estate's warehouses. With stable temperatures all year round, creating well balanced wines in sugar and acidity. Bright gold colour. Scents of oily nuts, caramel, figs, woody and iodine touch. Smooth honeyed palate, caramelised nutty flavours. Excellent acidity in the spicy fresh finish. Excellent as digestif, Christmas pudding, chocolate, crystallised fruits and cheese Vegan  
  • Sanhe Winery is in Huanren region in Liaoning Province in the Southern Changbai Mountain range in the far north east of China, near the border with Korea. The Vidal vineyards are 1km from the beautiful Huanlong Lake. Vidal Blanc French hybrid from Ugni Blanc crossed with a hybrid variety created by Albert Seibel in the 1950s, valued for its winter hardiness, grown in Canada and USA for production of icewine. Marmalade, honey, toasted spices aromas and super-massive fruit concentration, superb acidic refreshment with a very impressive finish. Pairs quite well with a wide range of fruit-based desserts, whether you're serving a banana pudding, a peach cobbler, a pineapple upside-down cake or cheesecake, ice cream and also with soft cheeses like brie and pungent cheeses such as stilton! My word! And if you want something closer to its home, then why not try it with sweet & sour pork, Szechuan spicy chicken, or chicken cashew nuts... Awards: 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards Silver Medal 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards Gold Medal (95 points) Grape Variety: 100% Vidal ABV%: 12.0 Size of the bottle: 37.5cl
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    Founded in 1892, Casa Silva is 100% owned and managed by the Silva Family, a family whose origins are from the heart of the Colchagua valley and they fiercely transfer the pride of their roots, respect for nature and the people of the Colchagua to the rest of the world. On their own, both Semillon and Gewürztraminer make superb sweet wines. This blend however is a true synergistic combination; the sum of the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. A melange of honey, orange blossom, apricot, lychee and rose water with balanced acidity so the wine doesn’t come across as cloying. Try with apple or mango based desserts or bliss out on Munster cheese - often with a sprinkling of cumin seeds - but will also go with most stinky cheeses including Epoisses, Maroilles and Stinking Bishop - social distancing advised!
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    Château Changyu Moser XV lies just west of Beijing in the province of Ningxia, in China’s most renowned wine-growing region. The winery has its roots in the Changyu company, founded in 1892 when Chinese diplomat Zhang Bishi imported more than 500,000 vines from the US and Europe, paving the way for Chinese wine production. Gold Diamond Golden Valley Icewine from the Liaoning region and produced from the Vidal grape variety. A world-class Chinese ice wine of thrilling purity and intensity, offering an array of quince, apricot, pineapple, dry figs, baked tangerine, green olives and sea-weed aromas. A persistent zesty freshness with a bit of toffee on the back-palate, and some smoky old cask character. Polished wine with excellent concentration.
    Absolute bliss with gorgonzola, roquefort or parmigiano-reggiano, salty nuts, anchovies, braised sea cucumber & spring onions, pâté or grilled eel with cajun spices    
  • De Bortoli Wines is a third generation family wine company, established by Vittorio and Giuseppina De Bortoli in 1928. They emigrated to Australia from their mountain village in the foothills of the Italian Alps, near the historic town of Asolo, and their Italian heritage still drives the way the family makes its wine. Vittorio's Italian family values remain at the core of De Bortoli, with a culture of hard work, generosity of spirit and the sharing of good food, good wine and good times with family and friends. Deen De Bortoli created his Vat Series with the idea of developing a range of delicious, full-flavoured wines at an affordable price. Deen personally selected the blends and chalked the numbers on the vats to identify them. The Vat Series includes traditional varietal wines and also wines made from interesting, newer varieties to Australia. Deen established a benchmark in Australian Botrytis Semillon with his intimate knowledge of local vineyards. Fruit is harvested from their own vineyards in Riverina and a couple of selected growers that produce Botrytis Semillon especially for De Bortoli Wines.
    The fruit ripened slowly over the summer months due to growing conditions with little rain falling until mid March which instigated the botrytis in the vineyard. Further showers over the next month kept the botrytis ticking along until we achieved a desired sugar content with plenty of botrytis present. Harvest began early May and lasted six weeks. Layers of nectarines, quinces, citrus flavours with a subtle hint of nougat nuttiness. Subtle oak interplay adds to the texture and a well balanced acidity gives length and structure to this delicious wine. A wine that can be enjoyed with a lovely selection of cheeses and dried fruits as your dessert or after dinner. It can also be served with an Exotic Fruit Sorbet or Peach Melba Vegetarian
     
  • The vineyard of Domaine de Grange Neuve is close to the town of Pomport near Bergerac in the heart of Périgord. The vineyards are on the slopes of the valley of the Dordogne at an altitude of between 50 and 180 metres. Belonging to the Pichon and Castaing family - the winery has grown from a small farm with just 4 hectares of vines in 1898 to a vineyard of 70 hectares today. A blend of Semillon with a little Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc. Rivals many of its more expensive neighbours in Sauternes. A fabulous dessert wine, sweet and luscious with a great backbone of fine acidity for a clean finish. The nose is fresh with classic botrytis marmalade and ripe nectarine. Flavours on the palate are richer: honey with a finishing twist of bitter orange. Fab with apple pie & cream, colston basset, stilton or beenleigh blue cheeses or walnuts Vegan
  • Owned and operated by Englishman Jonathan Hesford and his Kiwi wife, Rachel Treloar. Rachel’s Maori and Cornish ancestry is reflected in their logo.

    On 11 September 2001, they were living one block away from the World Trade Center. After seeing both planes crash into the buildings from a few hundred metres, they left their apartment with what they could carry. In the aftermath of that disaster, they lost their home, jobs and their right to live in the States.

    The experience made them think about what really mattered in their life. They wanted a different environment for their children. They wanted to have more control over their direction and to spend our time working at something that truly motivates them. Enter wine…

    Muscat d’Alexandrie (100%) from stony clay and limestone, 150-200m above sea level in the middle of the Aspres cru. Hand harvested. Fortified to 16.5% abv with 105 g/l of residual sugar.
    Late-harvested, fortified sweet aperitif and/or dessert wine. It has a beautiful floral aroma and a rich honeyed palate with dried fruits and nuts. Treloar Muscat de Rivesaltes  always aims to be less sugary and have more richness than others. Try with roquefort or gorgonzola cheese, cashew nuts, dark chocolate or sorbets Vegan
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    From the legendary 1840, Fonseca's first Vintage Port release, to the superb declared vintages of the last decade, the house has produced a succession of highly acclaimed wines even in the most adverse moments of history. James Suckling, in his authoritative book on Vintage Port, put it as follows:  "The vintage Ports of Fonseca are perhaps the most consistently great of them all. Not only do they have a striking fleshiness and powerful richness when young, but they retain that youthfulness for decades." It is a blend of wines produced from white grapes grown mainly on the upper slopes of the Douro Valley.  The grapes used include the Arinto, Malvasia Fina, Codega, Esgana Cão, Folgasão, Gouveio, Viosinho and Rabigato varieties. The individual wines are aged in oak vats for about three years, where they acquire mellowness and character.  They are blended to produce a rich white port in the traditional smooth, full-bodied style. Rich, fragrant nose with aromas of mellow fruit and hints of honey and oak. Full body, velvety palate and long flavour some finish. Fonseca White is traditionally served chilled as an aperitif. It can also be drunk - poured over ice in a glass, topped up with tonic and a leaf of fresh mint. Accompanied by salted almonds or olives, it is an excellent aperitif  
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    Produced and Bottled by Martinez Gassiot & Co. Ltd Quinta da Eira Velha 1995 is another outstanding vintage port from this fine property. The wine has remarkable fruit, plenty of 'mouth feel', backed by the finesse for which this port house is renowned
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    Quinta da Devesa was included in the first map of the Douro Demarcated Region, created by Baron Forrester in 1844. Acquired by Fortunato family in 1941. Since then it has been an independent family company, dedicated to the production of port wine. Located in the transition zone from Baixo Corgo to Cima Corgo, and only 10 kms away from Peso da Régua, Quinta da Devesa vineyards and winery are located on a promontory which overlooks the confluence of the rivers Douro and Corgo, from here you can see the valleys, rivers and mountains of the region all in one place. This 10 Year Old White Port is obtained from a selection of grape varieties recommended for the Douro region. The ageing process occurs naturally over the years, in oak vats at Quinta da Devesa cellars, thus resulting in a darkened colour. This high quality 10 year white port is beautifully presented in a presentation box and is a leader amongst aged white ports on the market. Clear golden colour. Intense aroma, with predominating dried fruits, vanilla and spices. The palate is intense, well balanced acidity in the sweetness. Fab with savoury white wine chicken in a creamy sauce, slightly salted almonds, it also works well alongside a tray of gruyere, olives, and charcuterie
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    Quinta da Devesa was included in the first map of the Douro Demarcated Region, created by Baron Forrester in 1844. Acquired by Fortunato family in 1941. Since then it has been an independent family company, dedicated to the production of port wine. Located in the transition zone from Baixo Corgo to Cima Corgo, and only 10 kms away from Peso da Régua, Quinta da Devesa vineyards and winery are located on a promontory which overlooks the confluence of the rivers Douro and Corgo, from here you can see the valleys, rivers and mountains of the region all in one place. A blend of traditional white grape verities from the Douro Valley. 20 year white ports are rare and to have one of this quality in our portfolio is extremely exciting and enhancing. The white port is aged for an average of 20 years which leads to the port darkening slightly more in colour from the 10 year and gaining even more complexity and depth. Each of the Devesa ports include a beautiful presentation box, making them the perfect present for any occasion! Clean, amber colour, with a hint of copper. Complex bouquet, with rich notes of almonds and honey. The palate is soft and velvety. Serving Temperature: Serve at 10ºC. Partners well with a selection of pâtés, a bowl of green olives and salted almonds, seafood fettuccine or just chilled by itself...  
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    Quinta da Devesa was included in the first map of the Douro Demarcated Region, created by Baron Forrester in 1844. Acquired by Fortunato family in 1941. Since then it has been an independent family company, dedicated to the production of port wine. Located in the transition zone from Baixo Corgo to Cima Corgo, and only 10 kms away from Peso da Régua, Quinta da Devesa vineyards and winery are located on a promontory which overlooks the confluence of the rivers Douro and Corgo, from here you can see the valleys, rivers and mountains of the region all in one place.    
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    Quinta da Devesa was included in the first map of the Douro Demarcated Region, created by Baron Forrester in 1844. Acquired by Fortunato family in 1941. Since then it has been an independent family company, dedicated to the production of port wine. Located in the transition zone from Baixo Corgo to Cima Corgo, and only 10 kms away from Peso da Régua, Quinta da Devesa vineyards and winery are located on a promontory which overlooks the confluence of the rivers Douro and Corgo, from here you can see the valleys, rivers and mountains of the region all in one place. Made from traditional white grapes picked from a single vineyard in the Baixo Cargo sub region of the Douro Valley in same year of the moon landing! Which is probably why it tastes out of this world! Colheitas are dated Tawnies from one single harvest. The minimum age requirement is 7 years, but the tradition at Quinta da Devesa is to age several more years before bottling. The wine ages at the cellars in 'balseiros', 'tonéis' or 550l casks. Produced and aged in Quinta da Devesa for 50 years, this Colheita Port was bottled in 2018. This Porto Colheita 1969 White presents us with an outstanding bouquet, a very crisp acidity, due to the complexity, refined quality and long finish. This White Colheita is really impressive in it’s aromas of candied orange, exotic resins and honey hints. It is really delicious and subtle, with a very long and vigorous aftertaste. Serving Temperature: Serve at 14ºC. Once opened, it can be enjoyed over the next two weeks if you can make it last! Marvel at it all by itself chilled or with grilled mango and a dollop of coconut custard, or a fine selection of cheeses or pecan pie with vanilla ice-cream!
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    Quinta do Portal is a family fine winemaking company that embraced with passion the 'Boutique Winery' concept. They proudly produce DOC Douro wines, premium Port Wines and Moscatel. This project that started in the early 90’s of the 20th century, had on its base a centenary estate where their family has been producing Port since the last years of the 19th century. Portal's 10 Year Old Tawny is a blend of different wines aged in old casks for many years in our cellars where they acquire the amber colour and turn the young rich fruit into elegance. It's big yet balanced by fine acidity. It developed aromas of caramel, cafe au lait along with nutty flavours. Enjoy it with tarte tatin or macadamia ice-cream ABV: 20% Vegan
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    Quinta do Portal is a family fine winemaking company that embraced with passion the ‘Boutique Winery’ concept. They proudly produce DOC Douro wines, premium Port Wines and Moscatel. This project that started in the early 90’s of the 20th century, had on its base a centenary estate where their family has been producing Port since the last years of the 19th century. This is a blend of their unique tawny Port that has been aged for 7 years in their cellars after a careful selection of the best 6 barrels. The brand is also a tribute to Quinta do Portal's founder to each one of his 6 grandchildren. Enjoy slightly chilled with egg-based desserts, fruit pies and soft cheeses 20% abv Vegan
  • Quinta do Portal is a family fine winemaking company that embraced with passion the 'Boutique Winery' concept. They proudly produce DOC Douro wines, premium Port Wines and Moscatel. This project that started in the early 90’s of the 20th century, had on its base a centenary estate where their family has been producing Port since the last years of the 19th century. Portal Fine Ruby is elegant, lively and with plenty of rich young fruit. It is aged for three years in large wooden vats keeping it as fresh as protected from oxidation as possible. It's a classic combination for chocolate truffles, farmhouse cheddar or red Leicester, wonderful when poured over a piece of venison or fillet steak and equally pleasurable when drizzled over some poached pears ABV: 19.5% Vegan
  • Quinta do Portal is a family fine winemaking company that embraced with passion the 'Boutique Winery' concept. They proudly produce DOC Douro wines, premium Port Wines and Moscatel. This project that started in the early 90’s of the 20th century, had on its base a centenary estate where their family has been producing Port since the last years of the 19th century. Quinta do Portal properties are located in the Cima-Corgo subregion, an area that has been showing very good balance regarding its resistance to climate changes. The vineyards are spread by 5 estates - Quinta do Portal, Quinta do Confradeiro, Quinta dos Muros, Quinta da Abelheira and Quinta das Manuelas - in a total of 100 ha under vines. The different altitudes and solar exposures and the variety of grape varieties allow them to produce excellent grapes that produce a diversity of wines of great quality. The wine is aged for 4 years in barrel. It still has lot of fresh fruit on the nose but already with some nutty notes. This wine is mostly enjoyed as an apéritif, slightly chilled. It also works well as a dessert wine for those who prefer a lighter style of wine. "Named Tawny for its colour due to the ageing in oak, it reveals a dried fruits and raisins aroma. The smoothness and balance on the palate, give us a good idea of the slowly ageing process. It has the complexity from the Tawnies but still some irreverence from of a young Port." Paulo Coutinho (Winemaker) Tawny ports are a wonderful complement to Peking duck or Shanghai hairy crab. They are also an excellent partner to dishes with bold sauces featuring cherry or dark berries. Serve tawny ports with hard, salty cheeses such as aged cheddar, aged gouda, parmesan, grano padano and Pecorino. To pair a tawny port with dessert think of traditional holiday offerings like pecan pie, pumpkin pie or a cheesecake swirled with caramel. Crème Brûlée, German chocolate cake, bread pudding, brittle and candied nuts are also outstanding choices Vegan  
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    Quinta do Portal is a family fine winemaking company that embraced with passion the 'Boutique Winery' concept. They proudly produce DOC Douro wines, premium Port Wines and Moscatel. This project that started in the early 90’s of the 20th century, had on its base a centenary estate where their family has been producing Port since the last years of the 19th century. Quinta do Portal properties are located in the Cima-Corgo subregion, an area that has been showing very good balance regarding its resistance to climate changes. The vineyards are spread by 5 estates - Quinta do Portal, Quinta do Confradeiro, Quinta dos Muros, Quinta da Abelheira and Quinta das Manuelas - in a total of 100 ha under vines. The different altitudes and solar exposures and the variety of grape varieties allow them to produce excellent grapes that produce a diversity of wines of great quality. Port Quinta do Portal, LBV (Late Bottled Vintage) Port, is made ​​from a mixture of several grape harvests, and grown on soils with a high content of granite and slate. LBV Port differs from the vintage that is aged in old oak barrels from 4 to 6 years. Prolonged contact with the wood softens the wine, making it more fragrant, elegant and rich. The wine has an elegant structure and reveals nice, juicy fruit with dominant tones of ripe cherries. Long aftertaste different intriguing complexity. In the wonderful fruit and berry aroma is dominated by shades of mature plums in the frame of the notes of cinnamon and other spices. Port as a digestive is good in its pure form, but also in combination with cheese, chocolate or a cigar! 20% abv Vegan
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    The Royal Tokaji Wine Company was established in 1989 in the village of Mád in the Tokaji region and is a joint venture 63 local growers led by Istvan Szepsy, who was a descendant of the legendary Mate Szepsy, and foreign investors, among those the celebrated wine author Hugh Johnson. Hugh has put all his effort into preserving the unique values of the Tokaji region to create high quality aszú wines and pioneered the production of single vineyard wines. Today, The Royal Tokaji Company has become one of the most famous wineries in Tokaji. Fine Tokaji wines became almost extinct when Hungary fell under Communist rule after the 1939-1945 war when quantity replaced quality. Acknowledged as one of the region's top winemakers, Karoly Ats combines traditional techniques with modern technology to create the award-winning Royal Tokaji range. Tokaji is produced by blending hand-picked shrivelled or 'aszu' berries with top quality base wines (from the Furmint grape variety). A medium amber colour with a nose of orange peel, figs and cinnamon. The sugar on the palate is well-balanced by the fine acidity, leading to a clean, refreshing finish. Will continue to improve over several years but drink now slightly chilled. Just wow with Sichuan or Thai dishes that combine heat and sweetness, stilton cheese, caramelised apple, chocolate pudding or Christmas pudding Vegan
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    Grapes from various quality vineyards from Jardim da Serra and Ribeira da Janela. Grapes were pressed in a continuous press. Arresting of fermentation takes place at the desired degree of sweetness by adding alcohol (96%) Sercial aged in French oak casks from 10 up to 14 years by Canteiro method. For this blend we selected wines from our warehouses with stable temperatures year round, originating well balanced wines in sugar and acidity. This wine was naturally aged in casks and bottled in its purest state. To show it at its best serve between 11oC/12oC. Should be kept in a cool dry place. This wine was filtered and does not require decanting. It was bottled ready for drinking and will keep well several months after opening. Gold with green highlights Aromas of dried fruits, pine, woody, resin and orange leaf. Mineral, salty and heady acidity. Finish dry and fresh and has almost an endless end. Excellent as an aperitif. with Oysters, French Onion Soup, Octopus Salad, Parmesan cheese, with sautéed mushrooms with garlic and Olives
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    Smith Woodhouse was founded in 1784 when Christopher Smith, Lord Mayor of London, created a small company to ship Port from the Douro valley. Shortly after, he was joined by the Woodhouse brothers. The amalgamation of the Smith and Woodhouse families over 200 years ago gave this highly reputable company its name. Another brand in the Symington family portfolio and, while it might not have top-flight status, it is without doubt a pretender with five members of the Symington family currently engaged in the management of Smith Woodhouse. The 1996 Smith Woodhouse Madalena is packed with black berry fruit aromas and floral hints such as mint. On the palate, full-bodied, classic black cherry flavours and balanced by fine and elegant tannins with a long and lingering finish. Absolutely superb! The traditional accompaniments to vintage port are stilton, and/or walnuts, dried fruits such as moscatel raisins or fresh Medjool dates, but why not try duck confit or top quality chocolate!    
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    Smith Woodhouse was founded in 1784 when Christopher Smith, Lord Mayor of London, created a small company to ship Port from the Douro valley. Shortly after, he was joined by the Woodhouse brothers. The amalgamation of the Smith and Woodhouse families over 200 years ago gave this highly reputable company its name. Another brand in the Symington family portfolio and, while it might not have top-flight status, it is without doubt a pretender with five members of the Symington family currently engaged in the management of Smith Woodhouse. The 1998 Smith Woodhouse Madalena is a rich, opulent style of Single Vineyard Vintage Port with lots of forward, ripe fruits and an intense, long palate. There are intense flavours of blackberry jam, sour cherry marmalade, some overripe blackcurrant, a little bit of spicy bitterness and a hint of graphite. The acidity is well in balance with the body and the tannins seem to be getting pretty much resolved and smooth at this point. The finish is quite firm and noticeably drier than the mid-palate with long and rather savory flavours of peppery spice, graphite, some crunchy dark berries and a touch of ripe plums. Absolutely superb! The traditional accompaniments to vintage port are stilton, and/or walnuts, dried fruits such as moscatel raisins or fresh Medjool dates, but why not try duck confit or top quality chocolate!    
  • North-east Victoria in Australia is famous for fortified wines and one of the family firms at the forefront of production there is Stanton & Killeen. The Stanton family are originally from Suffolk and had their beginnings in the wine trade, like many others, during the gold rush of the mid-18th century. In 1864 Timothy Stanton established a business supplying victuals to the miners and in 1875 sold the first vintage of his fortified wine. They have been producing their vinous gold ever since, through seven generations, and 2015 saw their 150th anniversary as winemakers. This late-harvested and lightly fortified Muscat comes from Rutherglen in Victoria, the home of Australian stickies. Grapey Muscat aromas are followed by raisiny, caramelised sugar flavours making it a world-class pudding wine. Give it a blast with salt cod cakes, pumpkin pie, Christmas pudding  or rich chocolate pudding with salted caramel sauce! Go on! Vegan
  • Taylor Fladgate Managing Director, Adrian Bridge, announced: “The success of the earlier Taylor Fladgate Historical Limited Editions, led us to launch the third in this collection of historical bottles. These editions pay tribute to the long and rich history of Port, as well as continuing our long-standing tradition of innovation. Presented in bespoke, collectable bottles in wooden boxes, these limited editions are designed to appeal to both existing and new Port consumers and collectors.” He adds: “The elegant and historical presentation make it the gift anyone would like to receive”. At the beginning of the 18th century, bottles were hand blown and bulbous in shape. They could not be laid on their sides and were therefore unsuitable for long term ageing. Instead, they were used mainly to convey the wine from the wine merchant’s cask to the consumer’s table. Because bottles were expensive, they were re-used and often displayed the crest or initials of their owner. As the 18th century progressed, bottles became taller and more cylindrical. The early bulbous ‘onion’ shape gradually evolved into a more elongated, straight-sided bottle with a longer neck. The first stage in this evolution was the appearance of the ‘mallet’ shaped bottle which had become well established in England by around 1730. Like their predecessors, the first ‘mallet’ bottles were squat in shape. Their sides were often tapered towards the shoulder rather than completely parallel. However, by around 1750, the ‘mallet’ bottle had developed a more cylindrical form. This Limited Edition bottle is inspired by the ‘mallet-cylinder’ bottle from that period, the immediate predecessor of today’s cylindrical wine bottle. Tinta Barroca and Tinta Roriz and Tinto Cão and Touriga Francesa and Touriga Nacional: This blend was carefully put together for this limited edition from specially selected Ports from Taylor’s extensive aged Tawny stocks, aged in seasoned oak Port pipes. Its character is unique for this bottling, with the characteristic Taylor’s richness and with its distinctive grip on the finish. The wine is a skilfully blended Tawny Port, harmonious and balanced, with all the intensity and finesse derived from ageing in seasoned oak casks. Deep reddish-brown hue at the centre with a narrow brick coloured rim. The mature, opulent nose opens with a warm redolence of coffee, butterscotch and dried fruit, with notes of plum and raisin. Around this rich, mellow core are layers of spicy, woody and nutty aroma, as well as discreet floral scents, giving the wine an intricate, subtle and seductive complexity. On the palate it is round and dense, with a smooth silky texture. This combines with luscious toffee and preserved fruit flavours which continue into the long, warming finish. This wine is an impressive showcase of the traditional skills of cask ageing and blending, with each component beautifully integrated and bringing an extra dimension of aroma and flavour. This wine is ready to drink and does not require decanting. The wine benefits from being served slightly chilled, between 12ºC to 16ºC. A delicious dessert wine, and combines particularly well with flavours of almonds, berry fruit or dark chocolate. It can also be enjoyed as an accompaniment for rich, blue veined cheeses. It is excellent at the end of the meal, as a crowning moment of an enjoyable evening, served on its own or with a plate of walnuts or roasted almonds 20% abv
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    Valdespino is one of the oldest bodegas in Jerez, with a history of Sherry production going back six centuries. Back in 1264, Alfonso Valdespino was one of 24 knights who fought against the Arabs for the city of Jerez with King Alfonso X. As a reward for his efforts he was given land that formed the basis of the bodega. Today Valdespino belongs to the Estevez family, who purchased the bodega in 1999. Tio Diego ages under flor from the tenth up to the third criadera, when it is over 10 years. When passing from the third to the second, it is fortified again, up to 17,5% ABV. The flor dies and it ages oxidatively in the last three stages. That means the biological ageing period is much longer than in other Amontillados. On the nose:rather wide and aromatic, with plenty of nutty notes (hazelnuts, almonds), caramel and hints of linseed oil. Quite rounded, even slightly buttery. Some bready notes. Still these (old) flor notes: hay, shrubland, sea breezes and hints of wet sheep, but obviously less punchy and less nervous than its Fino counterpart. A great balance of biological and oxidative hints, spot on. Medium-bodied and very dry. Starts crisp, even slightly sharp for an Amontillado, close to the tangy character of the Fino Inocente, but it picks up nutty notes (almonds, walnuts) and hints of old barrels along the way. Fairly high acidity. Lemon zest. Mediterranean herbs, along with a slight bitterness and burnt almonds. Try with anchovies on toast, paella or mushroom & truffle risotto, meatballs in tomato sauce, paté, pork scratchings, smoked duck, chestnuts, kidneys or roasted root veg Vegan
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    Valdespino is one of the oldest bodegas in Jerez, with a history of Sherry production going back six centuries. Back in 1264, Alfonso Valdespino was one of 24 knights who fought against the Arabs for the city of Jerez with King Alfonso X. As a reward for his efforts he was given land that formed the basis of the bodega. Today Valdespino belongs to the Estevez family, who purchased the bodega in 1999. Inocente is of one only Fino wines still to be fermented in wooden casks, 600-litre American oak butts. Moreover Valdespino is using indigenous yeasts, whereas since the 1970’s all other bodegas have been using stainless steel fermentation tanks and many of them switched to cultured yeasts. While these modern techniques are less labour-intensive and result in a more consistent fermentation, they also take away a bit of the traditional character and the diversity of a large array of casks. A second unique feature is the fact that the Palomino grapes for this wine come from one single vineyard. Where all other Finos are blended from multiple sources, this one uses only grapes from Macharnudo Alto, a high-altitude area renowned for its pure Albariza soil. The vines are 25 years old. Beautifully delicate, dry nutty nose with refined yeasty aromas and mineral notes. The dry, balanced palate is very clean and structured with layers of non-fruit flavours, great length and lovely harmony. Serve chilled with Ibérico ham, fried squid, octopus salad, hake, mussels with chorizo, anchovies, fish & chips, pickled fish, salted roasted almonds, olives, tapenade, manchego cheese, egg & potato tortilla, drunken chicken, grilled artichokes or sushi! Vegan
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    Valdespino is one of the oldest bodegas in Jerez, with a history of Sherry production going back six centuries. Back in 1264, Alfonso Valdespino was one of 24 knights who fought against the Arabs for the city of Jerez with King Alfonso X. As a reward for his efforts, he was given the land that formed the basis of the bodega. Today Valdespino belongs to the Estevez family, who purchased the bodega in 1999. They own 750 hectares of vineyards in Jerez, including the renowned 'Macharnudo' Pago. This vineyard ownership allows Valdespino very close control over grape quality. They are one fo the few bodegas to make single-vineyard Sherries and are also renowned for their VOS (Very Old Sherry) with over 20 years of ageing and VORS (Very Old Rare Sherry) with over 30 years of ageing. When the Pedro Ximénez grapes are harvested, they are left out in the sun to dry for at least two weeks. This concentrates the sugars through evaporation, turning them to raisins. A very sweet must is then obtained through pressing, which is fermented and then fortified to around 17%, using grape spirit of 96%. The wine is then aged in a Solera system made up of three ‘criadera‘ and a solera, made from American oak casks, and fractionally blended. The wine is aged 100% oxidatively and has an average age of ten years. A deep mahogany colour. Intense aromas of dried fruits, raisins, figs, and subtle notes of chocolate and coffee. Smooth and velvety on the palate, with great length and balance. Try with chocolate brownies, fresh strawberries, macarena strawberry dessert or drizzle over vanilla ice cream! Vegan    
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    Made from 100% Regent Style: Fortified Wine Colour: Deep Ruby Nose: Fragrant Brambly Aromas Palette: Rich, round and smooth The grapes were hand harvested in October 2015, and the juice fermented in stainless Steel vats before the ageing in Oak Barrels. A perfect accompaniment with Cheese, after dinner or alongside dessert Vegan

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