2019 Vinho Verde Rosé , Ponte de Lima, Vinho Verde, Portugal
Pale salmon in colour, this Vinho Verde rosé is dry and refreshing with delicate flavours of red fruits and wild red berries. Crisp on the palate, with mouth-watering acidity and a lingering finish.
Founded in 1959, the Adega Cooperativa de Ponte de Lima is situated in the ancient town of Ponte de Lima, Portugal’s oldest town. It represents around 2000 growers, their families and workers, making it one of the major contenders for the increasingly fashionable Vinho Verde within the area.
2019 Altano Branco, Symington Estates, Douro Valley, Portugal
This wine comes from the Douro Valley in northern Portugal and is produced from grapes grown in higher altitude vineyards where cooler temperatures provide the ideal conditions for the even maturation of white grapes. The result is a zesty, aromatic wine with tropical fruit flavours and a refreshing crisp acidity.
2018 Altano Douro Red, Symington Estates, Douro Valley, Portugal
Altano is a blend of Tinta Roriz that provides the rich berry fruit and Touriga Franca that adds a lifted floral character, the majority of the blend was aged in American and French oak casks to soften up the muscular tannin of the Douro grapes so the wine is ready for immediate drinking. An exceptionally good, everyday wine.
2017 Dom Martinho Red, Bacalhoa, Alentejo, Portugal
Made from a selection of grapes: Aragones, Alicante Bouschet, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, from one of the key vineyards named Dom Martinho in Quinta do Carmo. This wine has a very expressive aroma of ripe berries, its good level of acidity gives it unique freshness and elegance.
2018 Vinho Verde, Ponte de Lima, Portugal
Pale straw yellow with green hues, this vinho verde is light and zesty on the palate, an appetizing wine with persistent aromas of lime and hints of melon, lively and refreshing finish.
Founded in 1959, the Adega Cooperativa de Ponte de Lima is situated in the ancient town of Ponte de Lima, Portugal’s oldest town. It represents around 2000 growers, their families and workers, making it one of the major contenders for the increasingly fashionable Vinho Verde within the area. Among white wines, the Loureiro variety is of particular importance due to its magnificent adaptation to the terroir of the Lima valley, making wines highly appreciated for their freshness, fruit and aroma profiles with medium alcoholic strength.
2019 Loureiro, Vinho Verde, Adega Cooperativa de Ponte de Lima, Vinho Verde, Portugal
Ok, so the bottle and branding may look a little dated, but we can promise the wine is definitely modern Vinho Verede and is as good as anything coming from this reformed region right now. Loureiro is the grape variety, and it has produced a wine here that starts with a hint of fizz and finishes with a fresh and fruity flourish. The flavours are of pear, ripe apple and soft peach and all these flavours contribute to a most enjoyable white.
2017 Prazo de Roriz, Prats & Symington, Douro Valley, Portugal
The Prazo de Roriz is characterized in particular by red fruits, raspberries and cherries and the Roriz terroir provides a distinctive minerality and appealing peppery spice. Made for drinking young, but with the potential for developing in bottle for several years.
2018 Altano Branco Reserva, Symington Estates
Pale straw colour. The aromas reveal subtle suggestions of pineapple and lychee and a hint of banana. Well integrated wood is just detectable with a discreet hint of vanilla. In the mouth the wine is balanced with green apple and soft grapefruit undertones denoting fine, crisp acidity. A wine that will gain fine complexity with bottle age.
2019 Florao White, Quinta da Fonte Souto, Alentejo, Portugal
The Florão White represents the most approachable wine style from the Fonte Souto estate, made with all the attention to detail and care of the other estate wines, but with a more youthful profile intended for drinking young. Its freshness, balance and structure clearly identify it as wine born of the unique Fonte Souto terroir.
Aromas of white fruits, with apricots and pineapple coming to the fore and traces of tropical fruit. Very fresh on the palate, revealing fine acidity that highlights some minerality. Good volume on the palate with a sumptuous quality in perfect balance with the vitality provided by the precise acidity.
The 207-hectare Quinta da Fonte Souto was acquired by the Symington family in 2017 and is their first vineyard outside the Douro. Lying on the slopes of the São Mamede Range at an altitude of 500 metres in the Alentejo sub-region of Portalegre, the property benefits from cooler and wetter conditions than the hot Alentejo plain. The Fonte Souto wines express the freshness and elegance provided by the altitude, as well as the structure and complexity from the estate’s extensive collection of mature, low-yielding vines.
Six Grapes Reserve Port, Graham's, Douro Valley, Portugal
Six Grapes has won a remarkable 7 gold medals and 2 trophies at the most prestigious international tasting competitions over the last two decades. This is Graham's Reserve Port and is one of the house's signature wines with remarkable quality, finesse and elegance. The distinctive depiction of the six bunches of grapes on the bottle originates from the marks long-used in the Graham's Lodge to classify the quality of the wines in the casks. The six-grapes symbol is Graham's age-old mark of quality, used to identify the very finest wines from the best vineyards, which were destined to make up the Vintage Port or Six Grapes lots. Six Grapes is a big-hearted wine, sourced from the same vineyards that contribute to Graham's famed Vintage Ports. It closely resembles a young Graham's Vintage Port in style: full-bodied, with rich black fruit on the palate, and fragrant blackberry aromas.
2016 Quinta do Ataide Red, Symington Estates, Douro Valley, Portugal
Made from vineyards in complete contrast to the steeply terraced slopes of the main Douro Valley, where rainfall is low at about 500 mm per year with very cold winters and hot summers. The combination of these factors contributes to the making of an exceptional wine that has wonderful aromas and concentrated colour and flavours, reflecting the Douro’s great winemaking tradition and the unique identity of the Vilariça terroir.
Very attractive aromas of ripe red fruits, scented with red plum and thyme. On the palate, this wine is spicy and savoury, with good weighty flavours balanced with pepper tannins and good acidity.
2015 Late Bottled Vintage Port, Graham's, Douro Valley, Portugal
Graham’s 2015 LBV is very deep purple in colour with an intense garnet edge. The wine offers enticing aromas of red and black fruits with some lovely mint and eucalyptus notes. It is generous on the palate, with Graham’s typical opulence, revealing delicious blackberry fruit underscored by ripe, polished tannins, which give the wine great freshness and vitality. The finish reveals Graham’s signature complexity and elegance in equal measure.
This wine has been matured in wood in the Graham’s 1890 lodge for five years after which it was bottled ready for drinking. Late Bottled vintages, as the term implies, are bottled later than classic Vintage Ports (the latter after two years). The Graham’s 2015 can be enjoyed anytime and pairs wonderfully with dark chocolate desserts as well as semi-cured and cured cheeses like Cheddar and Manchego. Once open, the wine will keep in good condition for several weeks.
2019 Alvarinho, Quinta da Calcada, Minho, Portugal
This exceptional Portuguese Alvarinho (Albarino in Spain) has pleasant fruity and floral aroma with mineral notes. In the mouth it has a generous texture, lovely stone fruit flavours and a long and persistent finish.
2013 Quinta Madelena Vintage Port, Smith Woodhouse, Douro Valley, Portugal
Smith Woodhouse is a specialist producer of premium quality Ports. The uniformity of this quality is underpinned by Smith Woodhouse’s own Madalena vineyard from where the wines are largely sourced.
Fine White Port, Graham's, Douro Valley, Portugal
A limited number of white grape varieties are used in this Port’s production, foremost amongst which is Malvasia Fina, which gives this wine its attractive fruity and crisp flavour. Makes an excellent aperitif when served chilled or as a long drink with tonic water and a slice of lemon.
20 Year Old Tawny Port, Graham's, Douro Valley, Portugal
Graham's 20 Years Old Tawny is the result of the Master Blender's quest for the perfect balance between young and aged Port wines. This is a Port wine perfected over twenty years to delight those in pursuit of excellence.
It has an amber; golden tawny colour and excellent bouquet; with a typically nutty character and delicious mature fruit; hints of orange peel; exquisitely mellowed by careful ageing. On the palate it's rich, softly sweet and smooth; perfectly balanced with a long and elegant finish.
2016 Catarina white, Bacalhoa
2008 Quinta do Bomfim Vintage Port, Dow's, Douro Valley, Portugal
Deep red centre and garnet rim. Fragrant notes of mint and fresh wildflowers, as well as attractive red fruit aromas. Supple and elegant on the palate with gorgeous flavours of red cherries and raspberries, garnished with peppery tannins, and a subtle dark chocolate undertone. Excellent long finish with Dow’s characteristic dry edge. A very accomplished, complete wine, offering up much pleasure now but with the structure to carry on ageing in bottle for another five to six years.
One of the Douro Valley’s finest vineyards, Bomfim is the heart of some of the company’s greatest Ports, having provided wines for Dow’s Vintage Ports ever since it was acquired in 1896. The estate is situated in the centre of the best wine-producing area known as the ‘Cima Corgo’, which offers an ideal balance between the relatively wet ‘Baixo Corgo’ to the west and the intense heat of the ‘Douro Superior’ to the east.
In the good year’s when Dow’s does not ‘declare’ a Vintage, the best Ports of Quinta do Bomfim are carefully selected and bottled as Dow’s Quinta do Bomfim Vintage Port. These wines are exceptionally good. They will tend to mature a little earlier than the very rare ‘Declared’ years, but can be every bit as good as some other Vintage Ports.
Bomfim is a classic ‘River Quinta’ with several natural advantages: it is south-facing ensuring ideal exposure to the sun; its stony schist soil affords excellent drainage, allowing water to reach the vine’s deep roots; the annual average rainfall is near perfect at 800mm; the altitude ranges from 120 to 340 metres above sea level, accommodating both gentle gradients lower down and progressively steeper slopes higher up the valley side. A further advantage is the consistency of the climate, blessed with a favourable combination of temperate and Mediterranean influences, respectively from Portugal’s Atlantic coast to the west and the Spanish plateau to the east
The whole Bomfim vineyard is ‘A-rated’, the highest quality grading conferred by the region’s wine regulatory body. The vineyards are now almost entirely planted in varietal batches, meaning each variety may be picked and subsequently vinified separately, thus allowing for each grape’s maximum potential to be achieved. The principal grape varieties planted are: Touriga Franca (30%); Touriga Nacional (20%); Tinta Barroca (13%); Tinta Roriz (13%) and old mixed vines (12%), whilst other grape varieties account for the remaining 12%. Two-thirds of the vineyard is now over 20 years old, whilst one third is between 30 to 40 years old.
Wine profile: When young, Bomfim wines are purple-black, austere, complex and intensely concentrated; they are characterised by very fine peppery tannins. Over the centuries, the winemakers at Bomfim have evolved a style that suits this particular vineyard; fermentations are a little longer, resulting in a drier Port Wine that has become the hallmark of Dow’s. The grapes are normally extremely ripe at the time of picking, a direct result of the low-lying position of the main vineyard. Spice and pepper balance the black chocolate flavours and these are very evident in all Bomfim Ports. Abundant fruit flavours with hints of maple, raisins and ripe blackberries give elegance and poise to this wine. The very high percentage of Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional planted on the estate result in the powerful aromas of mint and violets on the finest Ports from Bomfim.
Winemaking: Bomfim’s wines are vinified in the quinta’s fermentation vats which have been successively upgraded over the years and which continue to produce excellent wines. Selected batches of wines are also made at Dow’s other winery, Quinta do Sol, just a short distance downstream where the prototypes of the revolutionary robotic lagares were first trialled in 1998 and 1999.
1985 Vintage Port, Royal Oporto
The Real Companhia Velha is the oldest and most emblematic wine company in Portugal, with more than 260 years of uninterrupted activity in the production of Port wine. Owner of some of the best farms in the Douro, the Real Companhia Velha is known to preserve and honor its tradition, but at the same time looking to the future, through a constant process of modernization and experimentation in the Douro region.
The excellent, vibrant 1985 vintage produced this classic port. A classic nose and a rich sweet full bodied taste will delight any port drinker.
2017 Florao Red, Quinta de Fonte Souto, Alentejo, Portugal
The Florão Red represent the most approachable wine style from the Fonte Souto estate, made with all the attention to detail and care of the other estate wines, but with a more youthful profile intended for drinking young. Its freshness, balance and structure clearly identify it as wines born of the unique Fonte Souto terroir.
Aromas of red cherries fused with hints of pine forest and wet earth. The up-front fruit flavours are at the same time silky smooth, punctuated by forest fruits and delicate nuances of clove and peppers. A great all-round wine to accompany diverse foods, ready for drinking although it will repay keeping in bottle for another 3 or 4 years.
The hand-picked grapes are placed in small, shallow boxes and taken to the on-site winery. Manual sorting is followed by destemming and gentle crushing after which grapes are transferred to the fermentation vats. Fermentations are individually monitored, and the temperature and macerations are adjusted to maximise the potential of each fermenting batch.
2017 Pombal do Vesuvio, Quinta do Vesuvio, Douro Valley, Portugal
Pombal do Vesuvio comes from the terraced vineyards that surround the ancient dovecote, ‘pombal’ in Portuguese, situated at 200 meters in the heart of this beautiful and remote property. These vineyards are primarily planted with Touriga Nacional.
Intense, deep red colour. Smoky, forestfloor scents with resinous notes and hints of wild berry aromas. Taught and muscular on the palate, full and rounded with delicious ripened fruit. Shows redfruit flavours and mineral notes with a well-defined schist quality. A wine with an attractive gastronomic profile with a long and appealing aftertaste.
1999 Colheita Port, Feuerheerds, Douro Valley, Portugal
Colheita 1999 has been carefully selected and matured in seasoned oak casks to produce a rich mellowness with finest balance and elegance of old tawnies. This wine is aged in barrel and has tawny red hues and concentrated sweet, spiced fruit flavours, balanced by gentle acidity in the mouth.