10 yr old Tawny Port, Feuerheerds, Douro Valley, Portugal
This port has a deep colour with purple hues and reveals a fine and complex nose. On the palate, it has great vibrancy with ripe fruit flavours, black chocolate and black pepper combined harmoniously with well integrated tannins and a velvety texture. Complex and multidimensional, with a deep long finish.
In 1815, German trader Dietrich Matthias Feuerheerd founded the company, by the same name, in Oporto. There he selected and aged the finest blends before shipping them to Northern Europe. The brand became famous for its vintage Ports, which in England became known as 'Anchor Ports', due to the dintinctive logo on the bottle. In 2010, the brand was acquired by Barao de Vilar, giving birth to a new partnership between the Van Zellars and the Barros family, who were determined to revive the the long tradition of quality Feuerheerd Ports. Both families have connections to the wine trade stretching back centuries. Today, the Ports are crafted by head winemaker Alvaro van Zeller, who focuses on creating the finest quality aged-Ports.
2014 Late Bottled Vintage, Feuerheerd's, Douro Valley, Portugal
Feueheerd's are specialists in maturing Ports and releasing them when they are ready to drink, and this 2014 Late Bottled Vintage is a great example. This port is far more serious than many in its price range, with a deep colour with purple hues and revealing a fine and complex nose. On the palate, it has great vibrancy with ripe fruit flavours, black chocolate and black pepper combined harmoniously with well integrated tannins and a velvety texture. Complex and multidimensional, with a deep long finish
2015 Vintage Port, Cockburn's, Douro Valley, Portugal
Cockburn's owns two important vineyards in the Upper Douro Valley. Both are in the rugged, remote Douro Superior, some 140 kilometres upriver from the city of Porto. The special hot and dry climatic conditions of this Douro sub-region give a unique style and quality to all of Cockburn's Ports. Quinta dos Canais is one of the major Douro estates, with a total area of 272 hectares, of which close to 100 are under vine. Just eight kilometres further upstream is the beautiful Quinta do Vale Coelho, a small 19-hectare property of which two-thirds are planted to vines. Both Quintas are situated on the north bank of the River Douro and their vineyards are mostly south-facing, which is ideal for the grapes' ripening. Together, Canais and Vale Coelho provide Cockburn's with its finest grapes, used in the making of Cockburn's famed Vintage Ports. The resulting wine is focused and precise, with great vitality and purity of fruit. Exuding freshness, it springs out of the glass with aromas of fleshy, black plums, and eucalyptus and flavours of red cherries. Well-toned and muscular, Cockburn's 2015 Vintage Port is full-flavoured with a typical Cockburn's 'grip'.