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Fonseca 10 Year Old Tawny Port (50cl Bottle)

Portugal | NV

£17.95 a bottle

Fonseca 10 Year Old makes a delicious dessert wine, and combines particularly well with flavours of almonds, berry fruit or dark chocolate. It can also be enjoyed as an accompaniment for rich, blue veined cheeses or with a plate of walnuts or roasted almonds. Breaks the tradition and image of port drinking, delicious as a summer tipple, well chilled.

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Origin

The two Pinhão valley estates of Quinta do Cruzeiro and Quinta de Santo António have supplied Fonseca for over a hundred years, and more recently Quinta do Panascal in Távora Valley. Grapes sourced from each Quinta add their own important elements to the Fonseca port blend, owing to the unique terrior of individual estates: Cruzeiro provides the dense core of black fruit and tannin; Panascal the succulent jammy flavours and velvety texture; and exotic aromas from Santo António. Other top sites are also sourced in the Duoro Valley area.

Producer

Established in 1815, Fonseca belongs in the first rank of Vintage Port houses. It is regarded as one of the most stylistically consistent of the classic Vintage Port houses and its Ports have been made by five generations of the Guimaraens family since its foundation. This consistency derives not only from continuity of family involvement, and the knowledge and skill passed down from one generation to the next, but also a close link with the vineyard. The firm’s three estates of Panascal, Cruzeiro and Santo António are the heart of the distinctive character of Fonseca’s Vintage Ports.

Fonseca’s respect for the vineyard and the unique environment of the Douro Valley expresses itself in the firm’s leadership in the field of sustainable viticulture. In 2006 it became the first house to offer a Port made entirely from organically produced grapes. Fonseca is the only Port house with four 100 Point scoring wines. Perhaps more than any other Port producer, Fonseca has built a loyal community of Port enthusiasts who value its individuality and the inimitable character of its wines.

Grape Variety

A mix of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Cão and Tinta Amarela grapes

Fonseca 10 Year Old is made from selected red Ports grown in the best vineyards of the Cima Corgo and Douro Superior. The wine ages in large oak casks, generally holding about 630 litres, where there is a relatively small volume of wine compared to the surface area of the vessel, so contact with the wood is proportionately greater.

As it matures in cask, Tawny Port gradually loses the deep red ‘ruby’ colour of youth and takes on the seductive amber hue known as ‘tawny’. At the same time the wine becomes progressively smoother and mellower, its aromas gaining in richness and complexity. Ten years of wood ageing has given this wine its characteristic tawny colour and its elegant and complex nose full of rich ‘fruit cake’ flavours, delicate nuttiness and hints of spice and fine oak.

Food Match

This is a unique style of port which truly lends itself for indulging in over the summer months – chill down to about 10˚C. Serve at the end of the meal as a refreshing alternative, or do try with summer fruits, meringue or the traditional cheese platter. Also one of the few dessert wines to work with chocolate – including Valronha.

Alcohol Percentage

20%

In the Press

A mix of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Cão and Tinta Amarela grapes

Additional information

Grape Variety

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Country of Origin

Vintage

NV

Alcohol Percentage

20%

Region

Douro

Food Pairing

Aperitif, Chocolate Dessert, Desserts, Hard & Mature Cheese