“VALRIZ” SEMI-SWEET WHITE 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.
White Port are made from white grapes, and should always be served cool or cold.
It can be used as the basis for a cocktail, or served on its own.
There is a range of styles of white port, from dry to very sweet.
Grapes: Malvasia Fina, Gouveio (Verdelho), Rabigato e Siíria
Region: Douro - Galafura - Peso da Regua
Alcohol content: 19,6% vol.
Sugar: 2,1º Baumé - sweet
Volatile acidity: 0,37
Vinification: Half fermentation in leaching vats with controlled temperature
Ageing: 3 years in large oak casks
Colour: golden straw white
Aroma: complex, due to its ageing in casks. It shows slight hints of vanillas and nuts
Flavour: velvety on the palate, with a good balance between the structure and the freshness of the wine. The alcohol content does not surpass the natural residual sugar content, lending it a long after-taste and leaving hints of hazelnut and almond.