Fortified Wine is the result of a distilled beverage being added to wine in order to create another alcoholic product. The distilled beverage is typically brandy, but can be adapted to include any spirit and therefore, has higher alcohol content than other table wines.
Fortified wines were born of the need to preserve European wines on long trade voyages during the 16th and 17th centuries. Measures of brandy were added before or during the fermentation process to stabilize the wine.
There are 6 types: Madeira, Mead and Tonic, Marsala, Port, Sherry and Vermouth
Cockburn’s Late Bottle Vintage 2008/09 is made up from a single harvest which offered a strong character port with its blood red colour. It is a full bodied port that possesses flavours of fresh red berries and chocolate, which contributes to a long balanced finish.
Cockburn’s Special Reserve is a port created from a variety of high quality grapes, which are all hand picked. It is aged for longer than other reserve ports in seasoned oak vats to achieve the perfect balance between vibrant fruit and a smooth finish.
The Croft house has very strict rules when it comes to their Late Bottled Vintage, they will only bottle at six years from the harvest to gain the best maturity, yet retain the plump, full berry fruit flavours.
Coft Pink port is created in the same way as a rose wine, getting its pink colour from experiencing limited contact with the skin of the classic port grapes. Perfect for enjoying in the summer months and as an aperitif.
Croft Triple Crown is made from a selection of full bodied, ripe ports from the finest areas in the Douro valley. Aged for 3 years in oak vats, providing complex flavours for this premium port, perfect to have after any meal.
Dow’s Fine Ruby Port is aged for an average of 3 years in oak vats and only blended when the taste is deemed ready. Careful blending leads to a premium quality port with a fine balance and flavour that is worthy of the Dow’s name.
Dow’s Fine Tawny is created from a blend of the finest grapes hand picked from the Douro valley and aged in wood vats for approximately 3 years. It is velvety smooth on the tongue with a nutty ripe dried fruit toffee aroma.
Dow’s Late Bottle Vintage is known to be the international standard for any LBV Port to match. It is a full bodied port, rich but perfectly balanced with soft peppery tannins and a fine acidity to ensure perfect balance.
Made by Joseph Dubonnet to combat malaria for the French army, Dubonnet is the chosen drink for Queen Elizabeth II. It is a sweet wine based aperitif blend of fortified wine, herbs, spices and Quinine. Perfect for Her Majesty so drink like a royal.
Grahams 10 year old Tawny is created from wines of the very highest quality. Only after careful selection are they matured in seasoned oak casks until the peak of their maturity is reached, then they are blended to perfection.
Grahams 1961 Colheita is an extremely rare port with only three casks consisting of 712 bottles being released to the public. It is a full flavoured port chosen and created by Charles Symington out of 14 other port Casks.
Graham's 20 year old Tawny Port is described by Graham's as the perfect balance. Aged for around 20 years in seasoned oak cask, gives this port a complex yet soft and mellow characteristic. Perfect as an after dinner treat.