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Vintage Port

Vintage Port is the top of the port wine range. Only ever produced in exceptional years vintage port wines are generally declared about three times a decade. Vintage Port is the product of a single year's harvest but can only be judged as a success after two years aging in wooden casks.

As it represents a small percentage of the overall port wine output, vintage port is often made with the traditional, labour intensive practice of foot treading grapes - since the human foot cannot crush a grape seed there is no risk of any bitter notes entering the wine.

Storing Vintage Port - vintage port is meant to improve in the bottle over a time period of 10 - 50 years. The port should be kept on its side, somewhere cool and dark. Avoid storing it where the temperature might fluctuate too much, for example near radiators and so on. When you are ready to drink vintage port will need decanting.

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White Port

White Port is made in a similar fashion to any of the red port wines but from white grapes rather than red. This is a fortified white wine essentially that is usually cask aged for 2-3 years in wood, but sometimes for up to 10 years.

White port is available in dry white port or sweet white styles - if the port is dry the lable will generally say so. If it doesn't assume the port is sweet. The dry white ports are usually crisp and fresh in style and make good mixer drinks, served chilled with ice, tonic and a sprig of mint.

Storing White Port - white port is usually supplied in a bottle with a stopper cork so is best stored standing upright. It will keep for a few years but don't hold onto it too long as it will not improve any more in the bottle. Once open it should keep for a month or so if you keep the cork in and store in the fridge.


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Tawny Port & Colheita

Tawny Port is usually a blend of a few years wines that have been selected for aging in wood. Since a tawny port ages in a cask, rather than in the bottle like a vintage port, it has more exposure to oxygen as the barrels are not air tight.

The contact with air over decades of aging turns the deep red young port wine into a lighter, tawny colour and the young tannic fruit flavours mellow into smooth dried fruit flavours, sometimes almost with caramel notes. Aged tawny ports are 10, 20, 30 or 40 year old port. A Colheita is a tawny port from a single year's harvest.

Storing Tawny Port - tawny port will keep for a few years and is best stored upright in a cool, dark place; it does not require decanting. The port will keep for a month or so after opening if the stopper is kept on and you leave it in the fridge. Tawny Port is very enjoyable slightly chilled and is a good accompaniment to desserts.

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Ruby, LBV & Crusted Port

Ruby and Crusted Port start life in a similar blending of harvests fashion but their aging treatment is what changes their character. A ruby port is usually aged for for 3 years in the cask and is then bottled ready to drink; a Crusted Port is bottled at the same point but is left to mature for a further two years in the bottle.

Late Bottled Vintage port is the product of a single year's harvest but is aged longer in wood than a vintage port would be, hence late bottled vintage. This extra wood aging produces a vintage like wine but faster than waiting around for 20 years for the same magic to happen in a glass bottle.

Storing Ruby, LBV & Crusted Port - keep the Ruby and LBV upright, store the Crusted like a vintage port. These port wines are designed for drinking in the near term so keep for a maximum 5 years. Once open they can be kept for up to a month with the stopper replaced and storage in the fridge. Serve at room temperature.

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