“VALRIZ” TAWNY PORT
PRODUCER: COIMBRA DE MATTOS LTDA
DOC DOURO - PORTUGAL
Port wine (also known as Vinho do Porto, Oporto, Porto, and often simply Port) is a sweet Portuguese, fortified wine from the Douro Valley in the northern provinces of Portugal. It is often served as a dessert wine. Under European Union guidelines, only the product from Portugal may be labelled as Port.
Port is produced from grapes grown and processed in the Douro region.
The Douro Valley was defined and established as a protected region, or appellation in 1756. Porto produced in Portugal is strictly regulated by the Instituto do Vinho do Porto
Port wine is typically richer, sweeter, heavier, and possesses a higher alcohol content than most other wines. This is caused by the addition of distilled grape spirits (aguardente similar to brandy) to fortify the wine and halt fermentation before all the sugar is converted to alcohol. The wine is then stored and aged, often in barrels stored in caves
It is commonly served after meals as a dessert wine, often with cheese; commonly stilton. White and Tawny ports are often served as an aperitif.
Tawny Ports are wines made from red grapes that are aged in wooden barrels, exposing them to gradual oxidation and evaporation. As a result, they gradually mellow to a golden-brown colour. The exposure to wood imparts "nutty" flavours to the wine, which is blended to match the house style.
Tawny Reserve port (without an indication of age) is a basic blend of wood aged port that has spent at least seven years in barrels.
Tawny with an indication of age is a blend of several vintages, with the average years "in wood" stated on the label, the official categories being 10, 20, 30 and over 40 years. For each category, the average age of the various vintage is at least that of the given category.
Tawny Ports from a single vintage are called Colheitas
Grape variety: Tinta Amarela, Tinta Roriz e Touriga Franca
Region: Douro - Galafura - Peso da Régua
Alcohol content: 19,7% vol.
Sugar: 3,5º Baumé - sweet
Ageing: 5 years in large oak casks
Colour: Light red
Aroma: Spices such as vanilla and light curry
Flavour: Noticeable ageing in the cask, with a rounded structure conferred by the maturing process. It is a wine with a long after-taste, maintaining strong aromas such as vanilla and nuts.