Facts about port

More than 300 years of experience and tradition have made port one of the most famous and appreciated wines in the world. Port is full-bodied, powerful and delicate. Port is fortified wine grown in the Douro region in the northern part of Portugal. It is produced by adding spirits (neutral, distilled grape spirits or clear Brandy Aguardente) to stop fermentation of the wine. As totally young all port is dark (except for White Port), full-bodied and aromatic, but by age it develops into very different kinds of ports appropriate to different occasions.

White port

  • Suitable as aperitif and as long drink with one part tonic, one part port, ice cubes and a slice of lemon – also called Portonic. Try it together with peanuts or olives.
  • White Port is made from white grapes and might vary from sweet and full-bodied to dry.
  • 2-3 years of barrel ageing.
  • A few port houses also make White Port with age, for instance 10, 20 and 30 years old.

Taylor's Fine White Port

Ruby

  • Suitable for enjoying on its own, but also good for desserts or strong cheeses.
  • Ruby is a blend of young and spicy ports. Bottled after approximately 3 years ageing.
  • It has a dark ruby red colour and full-bodied and fruity aroma and taste.

Taylor's Fine Ruby Port

Tawny

  • Suitable as aperitif and very good for chocolate, fruit and ice desserts.
  • Tawny is a blend of ports from different vintages and has been barrel aged for a longer time. This results in a leather brown colour and a softly rounded character.
  • To be served directly from the refrigerator.
  • 2-3 years of barrel ageing.

Taylor's Fine Tawny Port

Tawny with age

  • Suitable for desserts, nut cakes etc.
  • The true Tawny ports (only produced in the best vintages) are being marked with their age on the label; 10 years old, 20 years old or Over 40 years old. They are bottled when ready to drink.
  • The favourite port of the Portuguese people.
  • Barrel ageing in small casks of 550 litres.

Taylor's 20 year old tawny port

Vintage port

  • Suitable for nuts, cakes, cheese with taste or on its own.
  • Vintage port is from an extraordinary harvest/vintage. Bottled after 1-2 years of barrel ageing.
  • The wine continues developing and when unopened it can be stored for up to 30 years. Decanting is recommended due to natural deposit.
  • To be served directly from the refrigerator.

Porto Vintage 2000

Late bottled Vintage

  • Suitable as aperitif, for chocolate desserts and cheeses.
  • Late Bottled Vintage is port from an extraordinary harvest/vintage. Bottled after 4-6 years of barrel ageing. More soft and accessible (ready to drink) than Vintage Port.
  • To be served directly from the refrigerator.
  • Barrel ageing in big casks of 20,000 – 100,000 litres.

Late Bottled Vintage 2012