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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  
  • The Nuy (pronounced Ney) Wine Cellar cooperative was established in 1963 and now has 23 members. They are one of the smallest cooperatives in south Africa but they have a big reputation. At their winery in Worcester, at the foot off the Langeberg Mountains, they make a range of wines including red and white muscadels (muscats) but Society members will be most familiar with the red version we have purchased over the last few years. Despite a tradition of making it production of muscadel has been in decline in recent years so is now only 12% of the winery's output but the wines have a great reputation and represent astonishing value for money. This pale-pink strawberry-scented South African classic is perfect with chocolate or cheese. Alternatively, enjoy in a tall glass with ice, soda, fresh ginger, a sprig of mint and a squeeze of lemon. Bottled ready to drink and can be kept open in the fridge
  • 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
  • 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  
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!    
  • 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
  • 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 takes 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. Serve chilled with Ibérico ham, fried squid, octopus salad, mussels with chorizo, anchovies, fish & chips, pickled fish, salted roasted almonds, olives, tapenade, manchego cheese, egg & potato tortilla, grilled artichokes or sushi! Vegan
  • 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. Try with chocolate brownies, fresh strawberries, macarena strawberry dessert or drizzle over vanilla ice cream! 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 Vegan    
  • 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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