Fortified Wine

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  • Taylors 10 years old Tawny Port 75cl
    An exceptionally fine old tawny blend, aged for an average of 10 years in oak casks. Elegant and smooth, combining delicate wood notes and rich mellow fruit, it is bottled for immediate drinking. Excellent with soft cheeses such as brie; and a superb dessert wine, particularly with dishes made with coffee or almonds, Taylor 10 Year Old Tawny is delicious served lightly chilled at the end of the meal.
    £22.99
  • Warres Otima 10 years old Tawny Port 50cl
    Classic tawny colour. Complex nose of nuts, almonds and raisiny fruit. Very soft, mellow palate and a long, delicate finish.
    £15.69
  • Warres Warrior Special Reserve port 20% 75cl
    The name Warrior was branded on the casks of Warres finest Reserve Ports since the earliest days of the firm. The traditional style has been maintained over the years and it is today a classic full-bodied wine with wonderful richness and balance. Warrior is drawn from Quinta da Cavadinha and Quinta do Retiro Antigo, Warres finest quintas in the Pinho and Rio Torto valleys that produce Warres classic Vintage Ports.

    The firms head winemaker, Peter Symington, selects lotes of particularly rich and fruity Reserve Port to set aside for maturing in oak casks in the lodges at Vila Nova de Gaia. When the wines have reached perfect maturity, they are bottled to produce the award-winning Warres Warrior, one of the finest Ports available for everyday drinking.

    In keeping with its tradition of innovation, Warres recently launched a completely redesigned Warrior in the demanding UK market. You can click here to read all about it.
    £13.99
  • Taylors Chip Dry White Port 20% 75cl
    First introduced, as a style, by Taylors in 1934, this original dry white port combines fresh fruit fragrances with rich mellow aromas from ageing in seasoned oak vats. Crisp dry finish.
    £15.50
  • Harveys Fino Extra Dry Fino 15% 50cl
    Harveys Fino sherry is pale straw in colour. It has dry, clean and fresh with and elegant finish. The perfect apertif sherry, served chilled.
    £10.75
  • Niepoort Dry White Port 75cl
    Niepoort Dry White is made in the tradicional style with long skin maceration. The final blend includes different wines aged in oak casks making an average of 3,5 years.

    Dry White is lovely if served chilled as an aperitif or as a long drink with Tonic Water ice and a twist of lemon.

    White port is made from white grapes: Malvasia, Viosinho and Gouveio. The juice is fermented as a white wine until the fermentation is stopped by the addition of pure grape brandy. After spending one year in large wood vats the wine is transferred to Pipes (550 liter oak barrels). It is then aged in wood until at least 3 years before bottling.
    £14.99
  • Duke of Cumberland Medium Rich Madeira Blandys 19% 75cl
    Blandy's Duke of Cumberland was transferred to 'estufa' tanks where the wine underwent a cyclic heating and cooling process between 45C and 50C over a period of 3 months. After 'estufagem' the wine was aged for three years in American oak casks and then underwent racking and fining before the blend was assembled and bottled.
    A deep, luscious, medium rich Madeira; tangy with crisp fruit, excellent with dessert and cheeses.

    SERVING & CELLARAGE
    Blandy's Duke of Cumberland is fined and does not require decanting. It is a superb accompaniment to dessert dishes, especially fruit, cakes, milk chocolate or custard puddings and soft cheeses. It has been bottled when ready for drinking and will keep for several months after opening.
    £14.45
  • Drysack Oloroso 15 years old Sherry Williams & Humbert 37.5cl
    Type of grape: Palomino and Pedro Ximnez.
    Vineyards: Jerez Superior. Pago Balbana and Carrascal.
    Alcohol content: Minimum 20.5 % Alc. /Vol.
    Type of wine: Medium Sherry.
    Sugar content: 82 gr./l.

    Production: Bud musts. Controlled fermentation at 28 C. Fortified with distilled wine alcohol at up to 20.5. The Palomino and Pedro Ximnez are blended in the racks while waiting to enter the Criaderas y Soleras system. Physical-chemical ageing through oxidation for at least 15 years, achieving this slightly sweetened oloroso or a medium sweet.

    Tasting notes: An amber-coloured wine of intense aromas suggesting dried nuts. Full-bodied and balanced, with little acid and quite sweet. A long finish.

    Suggestions for consumption: It can be drunk straight or with ice. A fine aperitif, it also goes well with pasta.
    £13.99
  • Drysack Fino Sherry Williams & Humbert 75cl
    Type of grape: Palomino
    Vineyards: Jerez Superior. Pago Balbna
    Alcohol Content: 15% Alc./vol
    Type of wine: Fino Sherry
    Sugar content: Very dry, less than 1 gr./l

    Production: Bud musts from our best vineyards undergo cold, still fermentation at 22C. Then they go through early filtering and classification by quality. The best wine distillations are fortified at 15 to be racked in clean casks. They are then put into the traditional system of dynamic ageing employed in Jerez Criaderas y Soleras in the 6th criadera cask, where the biological ageing under a layer of yeast takes place in the traditional oak casks (2), preferably of American oak with a capacity of 30 and 36 @ (1@ is roughly 3.66 imperial gallons). The ageing is minimum five years while the wine passes from one criadera to another until it reaches the solera, from which it is drawn out for consumption.

    Tasting notes: A wine of brilliant, pale gold colours. Intense, complex aromas reminiscent of the yeast layer with a hint o
    £11.50
  • Gonzalez Byass Tio Pepe Extra Dry Fino 15% 75cl
    Tio Pepe is one of the most famous dry fino sherries in the World. It has been awarded more gold medals than any other sherry and is the perfect accompliment to fish, shell fish, cheese, and white meats and tapas of course.
    £12.99
  • Gonzalez Byass Elegante Fino Sherry 15% 75cl
    Gonzalez Byass Elegante sherry is a dry fino sherry, subtle and fragrant on the nose and full of savoury almond notes on the palate.
    £9.45
  • Gonzalez Byass La Concha Amontillado She 17% 75cl
    La Concha Amontillado from Gonzalez Byass is a medium dry sherry with a fine nutty, toffee nose and clean, slightly sweet flavour. A blend of Palamino grapes and and a small amount of Pedro Ximenez and aged for over 3 years in oak casks.
    £10.50
  • Blandys Malmsey 10 years old Madeira 19% 50cl
    Blandys 10 Year Old Malmsey was aged for 10 years in seasoned American oak casks in the traditional Canteiro system, whereby the casks of this wine are gradually transferred from the top floors of the lodge, where it is
    naturally warmer, to the middle floors and eventually to the ground floor where it is cooler. During this totally natural ageing, the wine underwent regular racking before finally being bottled.
    TASTING NOTES
    Clear, dark golden brown with green tinges at the rim. Complex and intense nose revealing a
    bouquet of wood, dried fruits, toffee and spices. Sweet, fresh and smooth with length,
    full bodied with lingering, smoky characteristics and extremely well balanced acidity. Serve lightly chilled in Summer
    £18.99
  • Quady's Starboard Batch 88 20% 75cl
    The grapes in Batch 88 are primarily Tinta Roriz from the Madera area. The vineyard is managed to give loose bunches and a small crop. The blend is smooth and soft with a chocolate raisin character. Several different vintages are used in the blend which has an average age of about 5 years. In the port business this type of blend is called "Vintage Character."
    £19.99
  • Akashi - Tai Sake Honjozo 72cl
    Akashi Tai Sake Honjoz is thier entry level sake is a satisfyingly full-bodied sake. This is the drink the brew masters reach for at the end of a working day. Because it is undiluted, this is perhaps the most direct way to savor the full palate of our sake.

    A discrete nose with lime, lemon and straw. A dry start with citrus flavours with a smooth and well balanced finish.
    £16.50
  • Apostoles Palo Cortado 30 years old Gonzalez Byass 20% 37.5cl
    TASTE A fruity intensity, mellowed by old oak wood. Well-balanced. BOUQUET Deep, full and harmonious. Aromas of old oak and caramel.
    GRAPE VARIETY Palomino Fino/Pedro Ximenez.
    MATURING SYSTEM Criadera y solera.
    DENOMINATION OF ORIGIN JEREZ-XS-SHERRY

    VINTAGE Average age of these rare Old Solera sherries is aproximately 30 years, 20 aged as vintage sherry and 10 in the "solera" system. All the grapes are from vineyards owned by Gonzlez Byass in the "Jerez Superior" area.
    £20.99
  • Taylors Late Bottled Vintage Port 2011 20% 75cl
    Taylor's created the Late Bottled Vintage style of port and is not only acknowledged to be its finest producer, but remains the international brand leader. Blended from wines of a single year, LBV ages from four to six years in cask and is ready to drink when bottled. Its concentrated fruity flavor and firm, full-bodied style make Taylors LBV the perfect port to accompany chocolate desserts, and blue cheeses such as Stilton or Roquefort.

    Taylor's Late Bottled Vintage is the port that Taylor's drink themselves and serve to their guests. Experienced port drinkers may well notice some similarities with Taylor's Vintage Ports, since it shares so many of their characteristics.
    £15.50
  • Campbells Rutherglen Muscat 17.5% 37.5cl
    Bright amber gold with copper tints. Fresh raisin fruit backed by subtle oak characters. Luscious mouthfilling raisined fruit combine with the oak flavours to produce a wine of great length.

    Blended for optimum flavour and balance at the time of bottling, this wine will not improve with further cellaring and should ideally be enjoyed soon after opening. Excellent chilled as an aperitif or with strong cheeses, plum pudding or after dinner with freshly brewed coffee

    This classification is the foundation of the style; displaying the fresh raisin aromas, rich fruit, clean spirit and great length of flavour on the palate, which are the mark of all the Muscats of Rutherglen. The Muscats of Rutherglen are considered the "World's Richest Wines" and bear a mark of authenticity an oval logotype with a stylised "R" which is only applied to the wines drawn from the great Muscat vineyards of the region. The "Muscat of Rutherglen" trademark assures the highest quality of wine exclusively sourced from the Rutherglen Wine Region. Campbells 'house style' is typically complex and elegant, capturing a rich purity of raisin fruit flavours. Colin Campbell
    £13.25
  • Alegria Manzanilla Williams & Humbert 37.5cl
    Type of grape: Palomino
    Vineyards: Jerez Superior. Pago Balbana.
    Alcohol content: 15% Alc. /Vol.
    Type of wine: Manzanilla Sherry
    Sugar content: Very dry, less than 1 gr. /l

    Production: Bud musts from our best vineyards. Cold, still decanting. Fermentation at 22 C. Early filtering, classification by quality and fortified at 15C with the best distilled wines to obtain the traditional racks. Put into the traditional Criaderas y Soleras system of dynamic ageing in the 6th criadera, where the biological ageing takes place under a layer of yeast. Traditional oak casks, preferably American with a capacity of 30 and 36 @. Aged for at least 6 years, passing through the different criaderas until it reaches the solera, from which it is drawn out for consumption. It must be aged in wineries located in Sanlcar de Barrameda as the microclimate there makes manzanilla even saltier and more pungent than fino sherry.

    Tasting notes: Brilliant hues of old gold. Intensely pungent nose with a hint of the yeast la
    £5.50
  • Krohn Ambassador Ruby Port 19% 75cl
    A mature, versatile port with deep red colour and fair concentration of warm, plummy fruit; aromatic and fruity, quite rich and full with soft finish.

    Producer Details
    Krohn are a small family-owned Port house run by brother and sister Jose and Iolanda Carneiro. Long renowned for the quality of their sublime Colheitas (single vintage tawnies), they produce a remarkably complete range for a small house and each wine excels in its category. The Quinta do Retiro Novo estate in Sarzedinho, in the Rio Torto valley, is all A grade vineyard. Vinification takes place here, with some of the top wines still being trodden by foot. All the wines are matured in cellars at Villa Nova de Gaia.

    In the Vineyard
    The traditional grape varieties are sourced from Krohn's own vineyards, and supplemented by fruit from neighbouring farms, in the Douro demarcated region situated in northern Portugal comprising the Douro Valley and it's tributaries. Here old vines are planted in schistous soils.

    In the Winery
    Fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel vats, which is interrupted by the addition of grape spirit to preserve a certain degree of natural sweetness. Maturation - aged for 2 to 3 years in oak barrels.
    £10.29
  • Gonzalez Byass Leonor Sherry Palo Cortado 20% 75cl
    The leonor Palo Cortado is a very elegant wine. Complex and powerful with notes of dried fruits, vanilla and mature wood achieving a refined character. Slightly chilled this wine is the perfect accompaniment to red meats and game
    £13.99
  • Gonzalez Byass Alfonso Oloroso Seco 18% 75cl
    Gonzalez Byass Alfonso dry Oloroso is mahogany in colour with a walnut aroma. On the palate it is dry with pronounced nutty flavours that give way to a long smooth finish. Alfonso is a great partner for game. light cheese, nuts and pate.
    £13.50
  • Akashi-Tai Junmai Daiginijo Sake 72cl
    Junmai daiginjo Akashi-tai uses only the very best of this variety the top grade of the most highly prized Yamada Nishiki rice grown in a district of Hyogo so renowned for fine sake-making rice it was even given its own designation of Special A Zone. This fine rice is polished until only 40% of the grain remains, after which, two months are devoted to nurturing the Akashi-tai sake to completion about twice as long as most conventional sakes. Polishing away the outer portion of the rice grain results in a sake that combines rich yet crisp flavor with sophisticated aroma and depth
    £31.99
  • Antique Oloroso Sherry Fernando de Castilla 19% 50cl
    One of the most exceptional of the small, independent sherry houses, Fernando de Castilla was revitalised in 1999 by Jan Pettersen, a Norwegian gone native with a passion for top quality sherry with 15 years experience at Osborne. After taking over the cellars of the Sherry shipper Jose Bustamante, located next door to the main facilities of Fernando de Castilla, Jan quickly established Fernando de Castilla as masters of the production and ageing of fine, unblended, untreated Sherries. The bodega's reputation is based on the excellence of the Antique range of intensely pure and complex single solera Sherries whose award winning packaging makes them even more impressive. The Antique Palo Cortado was awarded trophies for Best of Show and Best Dry Sherry at the 2009 New Wave Spanish Wine Awards, whilst the Antique Amontillado scooped the trophy for Dry Sherry over 10 and the 2009 Decanter World Wine Awards.

    Very pure and classic attributes, fine polished and beautifully crafted. Quite earthy and masculine. Very dry and aromatic with walnut, spices and orange peel notes.


    NV: Sommelier Wine Awards 2009 - Critics Choice and Gold List (Fernando de Castilla took 2 out of the 4 Golds for fortifieds in the Sommelier Wine Awards 2009)

    NV: Sommelier Wine Awards 2008 - Critics Choice and Gold List

    NV: New Wave Spanish Wine Awards 2008 - 'Top 124' wines

    NV: IWC 2008 - Silver and Best Sherry Trophy

    NV: New Wave Spanish Wine Awards 2007 - 'Top 106' wines
    £26.99
  • Niepoort Tawny Dee Port 20% 75cl
    Of the NiePOoRTland twins, although similar at the outset, with time, Tawny Dee acquires great
    wisdom and subtleness through ageing in small old oak casks in our cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia
    exhibiting discrete characters of dried stone fruits. This refinement is further enhanced by the
    years of experience of our Master blender Jos Nogueira.
    A complex port with great character inspired by Alice inWonderlands famous Tweedle twins.
    Vinification
    Niepoort Tawny Dee, with an average age of three and a half years, originates from low yielding
    vineyards in the Cima corgo region of the Douro Valley. The grapes are predominantly trodden in
    lagares, prior to ageing in small old oak casks at our lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia.
    Tasting Notes
    Brick red/tawny in colour, with delicate nutty aromas and a hint of dried fruits.
    On the palate, very well balanced with a youthful fruity, luscious character, which integrates well
    with a long spirity finish.
    £14.99
  • Niepoort Ruby Dum Port 37.5cl
    Of the NiePOoRTland twins, although similar at the outset, with time, Ruby Dum retains its youthful, headstrong character, dominated by red cherries and plums with great freshness from ageing in large wooden vats in our cool cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia.
    An expressive port with great character inspired by Alice in Wonderlands famous Tweedle twins.
    ...
    Niepoort Port Wine Ruby Dum

    Vinification
    The wine originates from low yielding old vineyards in the Cima Corgo Region of the Douro Valley.
    The grapes are predominantly trodden in Lagares, prior to ageing in large wooden vats at our lodges in Gaia and bottled with an average age of 3 years.
    Tasting Notes
    Dark red in colour with a fresh vibrant aroma of dark fruits which follows through
    on the palate along with an almost mineral character, a youthful wine with good
    extract and great balance, offering superb "drinkability".
    Ready to drink now after a meal on its own or with soft cheeses.
    £7.99
  • Fino Una Palma Gonzalez Byass 15.5% 50cl
    A six year old Fino selected from a number of casks ageing under a layer of Flor. Aromatic and delicately textured this is very dry, but less austere than most Fino with an elegance that makes it very easy to drink. Lovely finish.
    £12.75
  • Henriques & Henrique Medium Rich 19% 3 years old
    Henriques & Henriques is the third largest Madeira producer on the Island, but they hold the largest amount of vineyards. This medium rich wine is made from a blend 90% Tinta Negra Mole,and10% Bual to produce a medium dark, rich and fruity madeira, with floral notes. Drink with fruits nuts, chocolate or chesse, or on its own
    £11.99
  • Blandys Malmsey 15 years old Madeira 19% 50cl
    Blandys 15 Year Old Malmsey was aged for 15 years in seasoned American oak casks in the traditional Canteiro system, whereby the casks of this wine are gradually transferred from the top floors of the lodge, where it is
    naturally warmer, to the middle floors and eventually to the ground floor where it is cooler. During this totally natural ageing, the wine underwent regular racking before finally being bottled.

    Clear, dark golden brown with very strong legs. Characteristic bouquet with complex dried fruits and wood, toffee and vanilla. Sweet, smooth, full bodied, complex, and a long finish of nuts and dark chocolate.
    AWARDS
    Gold Medal, IWC 1998, 1999 & 2002
    Silver Medal, IWC 2005
    Silver Medal, IWSC 2005
    Gold Medal, IWC 2006
    £25.99
  • Akashi Tai Sake Honjozo Genshu 30cl
    Akashi Tai undiluted honjozo Akashi-tai is a satisfyingly full-bodied sake. This is the drink the brew masters reach for at the end of a working day. Because it is undiluted, this is perhaps the most direct way to savor the full palate of our sake. The flavor continues to mellow pleasingly over time.

    Waxy, woody and white flowers with a pink grapefruit finish. Strong start but surprisingly creamy on the palate. Very rich and long finish.
    £9.75
  • Las Medallas Manzanilla Sherry de Arguesco 15% 75cl
    This wine comes from the palomino fino grape. reaching 15 of fortification, it is decanted into American oak casks with a capacity of approximately 500 litres, remaining in these butts known as sobretablas for at least six months until after a first classification it is considered ready to be incorporated into the ageing system of the Criaderas and Soleras of Manzanilla where the biological ageing of the wine takes place.

    Lightly salty and yeasty on the nose with a subtle hint of almonds. Initially dry on the palate with a light touch of oxidative flavours. The yeasty minerality continues through tinged with a touch of lemon and more lightly toasted salty almonds. Light, tangy and refreshing, perfectly clean on the finish. An excellent aperitif and a sublime match for seafood; at only 15% drink this just like winepour yourself a large glass, they do in Sanlcar!
    £12.99
  • D'Oliveiras Sercial 1910 Reserva 20% 75cl
    A magnificent example of the heights aged Sercial can reach. After maturing for more than 100 years, this is a deeply complex and rich madeira.
    Possibly the most surprising aspect of this wine is the frisson of citrus acidity that courses through it, even after such extended aging. Over the deep, rich tones of vanilla fudge, roast coffee beans and hazelnut, lighter aromatic notes of citrus peel, green tea and a tang of sea salt combine to create a beautifully balanced, elegant and utterly unique madeira
    £302.50
  • Antique Palo Cortado Sherry Fernando de Castilla 20% 50cl
    A fine rare wine, which combines the pure tangy nuttiness of Amontillado with the smooth smoky richness of Oloroso in an elegant complex style.

    Producer Details
    One of the most exceptional of the small, independent sherry houses, Fernando de Castilla was revitalised in 1999 by Jan Pettersen, a Norwegian gone native with a passion for top quality sherry with 15 years experience at Osborne. After taking over the cellars of the Sherry shipper Jose Bustamante, located next door to the main facilities of Fernando de Castilla, Jan quickly established Fernando de Castilla as masters of the production and ageing of fine, unblended, untreated Sherries. The bodega's reputation is based on the excellence of the Antique range of intensely pure and complex single solera Sherries whose award winning packaging makes them even more impressive. The Antique Palo Cortado was awarded trophies for Best of Show and Best Dry Sherry at the 2009 New Wave Spanish Wine Awards, whilst the Antique Amontillado scooped the trophy for Dry Sherry over 10 and the 2009
    Decanter World Wine Awards.

    In the Vineyard
    Grapes are sourced from the Jerez district.

    In the Winery
    Fernando de Castilla deals only in prestigious, premium wines. The sherries are all from individual soleras. They are bottled without blending, cold stabilization or filtration of any kind in order to preserve the subtlety, purity and distinctive aromas of these premium wines. The products are all bottled in clear glass to show off the wonderful colour of the wines.

    Press Quotes
    NV: "Elegant, lifted aromas of aged flor and raisin, opening onto a palate of harmony, spice and layered balance. A truly haunting and bewitching wine"; "Another year, another International Trophy for Fernando de Castilla. What a reputation this bodega is forging for itself. Last year it was its Amontillado that wowed our judges; this time around, the Palo Cortado has repeated the trick with aplomb." Judges Comments, Decanter World Wine Awards 2010

    NV: "Roasted hazelnuts mix nicely with buttery vanilla notes and butterscotch. A superbly harmonious blend of caramel, salt and acidity on an intense palate. 'Spicy, nutty, rich and warm' said Gearoid Devaney." "Fernando de Castilla ....has been stunning tasters at this event for the past three years, and its haul of three Golds was testament to the brilliance of its portfolio" Sommelier Wine
    Awards 2010, Judges comments

    NV: "Attractive spicebox and slivered almond nuances. The finish is intense and very long, with warm tree bark scents."' IWC 2004, Judges Comments

    NV: "A rare style of sherry has won Best Wine of Show at this year's New Wave Spanish Wine Awards. Antique Palo Cortado from producer Fernando de Castilla was described by Peter McCombie MW as 'rich and heady with alluring complex aromas of roasted nuts, chocolate, toffee and lanolin. Gloriously rich and smooth yet quite dry'. The Palo Cortado also won a trophy for Best Dry Sherry." OLN, 3rd July 2009

    NV: "is medium amber coloured, very complex aromatically, with excellent concentration and length. If you are interested in high quality, luxury Sherries, this is a good place to start. 92 points." The Wine Advocate, Issue 175, 29th February 2008

    Awards
    NV: Sommelier Wine Awards 2010 - Gold list
    £32.99
  • KWV Cape Tawny Dessert Wine 17.5% 75cl
    Extended wood maturation resulted in a beautiful amber colour with orange zest, dried fruit, caramel and nuttiness on the nose. This full flavoured wine explodes with fruit, marzipan and toffee on the palate, with a well balanced sweet finish.

    Serving Suggestion Serve chilled before a meal or with cheese and chocolates after a meal.
    £17.99
  • Taylors Quinta de Vargellas 2002 20.5% 75cl
    Quinta de Vargellas is arguably the most renowned and prestigious estate in the Douro Valley. The reputation of its wines dates back to the 1820s. Quinta is the Portuguese for a farm or estate.
    Since its purchase by Taylors over a century ago, the wines of Vargellas have formed the backbone of the legendary Taylors vintage ports. In certain years, however, when a Taylor Vintage is not declared, the best wine of Vargellas has traditionally been bottled as a single-Quinta vintage port.
    These elegant, scented vintages were initially bottled for the partners own cellar.
    However Taylors was later to become the earliest shipper to develop a market for this increasingly important category of vintage port. Released when ready to drink, Quinta de Vargellas offers an exceptional opportunity to buy top-flight vintage ports at a very reasonable price.
    Inky, almost purple-black in colour, the nose is very fragrant and perfumed with atractive scents of violets and cedarwood. The palate is full, soft and velvety with rich cedar and spice flavours. Good concentration with well balanced fruit and tannins and a delicious long finish.

    Blend of Grapes
    A Blend of Touriga Nacional,
    Touriga Francesa, Tinta Roriz,
    Tinta Barroca, Tinta Co &
    Tinta Amarela
    £30.50
  • Pedro Ximenez Cardenal Cisneros Sherry Sanchez Romate 18% 75cl
    Pedro ximenez (PX) wines from Jerez have increased in popularity over the last ten years. Romate are justly proud of their Pedro Ximenez Cardenal Cisneros wine, which was recently voted in the top 100 wines from Spain. PX wines are made with very ripe grapes that have been dried in the sun for up to 20 days. This concentrates the sugars and flavours within the grape as the water evaporates, and gives rise to a much richer must when the grapes are pressed. The weight of sugar means that the wine only achieves a partial fermentation and remains very sweet with a concentrated raisin flavour. Cardenal Cisneros is aged for more than 15 years in the solera system, which gives it a superior depth and greater length of flavour.
    Full of raisins and sultanas with just a touch of nuts, dried fruit and oaky spice. The flavour is big, rich with a luscious velvety feel. Very sweet but with balancing acidity, creamy raisins, espresso coffee and a touch of dark chocolate.

    New Packaging
    £24.50
  • Taylors 40 years old Tawny Port 20% 75cl
    Taylors 40 years old Tawny Port is an incredible example of an old Tawny port. A rarity, as few houses will make a 40 year old tawny. This wine is olive gold in colour with rich caramel, butterscotch, hazelnut flavours. The concentration in this port also produces a wine with amazing length, which lingers beautifully in the palate
    £113.00
  • Churchill Port Experience 20% 3x20cl
    This is a wonderful Gift set containing 3 x20cl bottles of Port in different styles; Dry white, Reserve Port and 10 years old Tawny. The pack has tasting notes and information about each of the styles on the back of the box, so you can enjoy a Port Experience.
    £21.99
  • Blandys Bual 10 years old Madeira 19% 50cl
    Blandys 10 Year Old Bual was aged for 10 years in seasoned American oak casks in the traditional Canteiro system, whereby the casks of this wine are gradually transferred from the top floors of the lodge, where it is naturally warmer, to the middle floors and eventually to the ground floor where it is cooler. During this totally natural ageing, the wine underwent regular racking before finally being bottled.
    Colour and Appearance: clear, amber colour with tinges of gold on the rim. Nose: superbly complex. Great intensity, revealing a bouquet of dried fruits such as figs and prunes, with notes of almonds and oak and subtle hints of toffee and vanilla spice.
    Palate: sumptuous. Medium sweet and very smooth with a superb balance of coffee and fruit flavours with a clean and sharp acidity. Lovely persistent aftertaste.

    SERVING & CELLARAGE
    Blandy's 10 year old Bual is fined and does not require decanting. It is a fine accompaniment to dessert dishes, especially fruit, cakes, rich chocolate puddings and cheeses. It has been bottled when ready for drinking and will keep for several months after opening.
    £18.99
  • Quinta do Bom Retiro 2014 Vintage Ramos Pinot 19.5% 75cl
    This is a limited edition bottling of vintage port from Ramos Pinot with only 9000 bottles being produced each bottle being individually numbered. 2014 was a complex year but one that produced grapes of unapparelled quality in the Quinta do Bom Retiro.
    £51.50
  • De Bortoli Black Noble 10 years old 17.5% 50cl
    Amber with olive green hues. This is a unique, delicious rich wine, with hints of toffee and coffee with raisins and mandarin peel. Concentrated and viscous with lingering aged complexity.
    Food Match
    Enjoy with Christmas pudding or sticky date pudding. Try poured over vanilla ice cream or with a cheese platter after dinner.
    £19.99
  • Churchill's Reserve Port 20cl
    A superb quality Reserve Port which has been aged for four years in casks. Churchill's are the only Port House which make all of their Port's from A grapes from the best Douro vineyards. Rich and fruit with the depth that eclipse many other rival Port houses.
    £6.50
  • Antique Pedro Ximenez Fernando Castilla 15% 50cl
    Contains all the drama and intensity you would expect from a 20 year old plus, 500g/l sugar PX, and you can drink it too. There is coffee, liquorice, sweet tobacco, prunes, figs, raisins, tea and a dozen other fleeting scents with a surprising lightness and delicacy. An incredible, seductive, luscious and wonderful to drink sherry.

    Producer Details
    One of the most exceptional of the small, independent sherry houses, Fernando de Castilla was revitalised in 1999 by Jan Pettersen - a Norwegian with a passion for top quality sherry, and 15 years experience at Osborne. After taking over the cellars of the Sherry shipper Jose Bustamante, located next door to the main facilities of Fernando de Castilla, Jan quickly established Fernando de Castilla as masters of the production and ageing of fine, unblended, untreated Sherries. The bodega's reputation is based on the excellence of the Antique range of intensely pure and complex single solera Sherries whose award winning packaging makes them even more impressive. The Antique Palo Cortado was awarded 'Best Dry Fortified Trophy' at the 2011 New Wave Spanish Wine Awards, whilst the Antique Amontillado scooped the trophy for Dry Fortified over 10 at the 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards.

    In the Vineyard
    Pedro Ximnez grapes are harvested and dried for up to 2 days in the hot September Spanish sun.

    In the Winery
    Fernando de Castilla deals only in prestigious, premium wines. The sherries are all from individual soleras. They are bottled without blending, cold stabilization or filtration of any kind in order to preserve the subtlety, purity and distinctive aromas of these premium wines. The products are all bottled in clear glass to show off the wonderful colour of these wines. After fortification ageing takes place in a solera system. The initial wine has a sugar content of around 300 grammes per litre and is very concentrated. Having spent a long period, around 20-30 years, in barrels the final sugar content of the Antique PX is around 450 g per litre and the colour has developed over a period from a dark mahogany into an intense black.

    Press Quotes
    NV: "Smooth & supple , intense yet fresh and marvellously balanced." International Wine Challenge 2012

    NV: "A true head-turner, the panel could have stayed all week with this one. Fig jam, nuts, caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, toffee, dates, figs, coffee the descriptors go on and on. 'Great balance between the sweet fruit and the accompanying acidity. Great for sticky toffee pudding,' said Irina Atanasova, Madison. 'Richly raisined, with sweet, intense unctuous texture and a delicious lipsmacking freshness,' said a happy Peter McCombie MW. Price quoted is for a 50cl bottle." International Wine Challenge 2012 "The Antique wines are a well-chosen selection. The PX has all the typical nctuous viscosity of the style, bright with fruitcake and cold tea flavours. At 20 years of age, it appears refreshingly well-balanced." Sarah Jane Evans MW, Decanter, December 2010
    £28.99
  • Manzanilla Fernando de Castilla Classic Dry 15% 75cl
    Pale, straw yellow in colour. Decidedly tangy, yeasty and salty nose. Lighter, crisper and more crackly than its older sibling - Fino. The palate lures you in with soft apple and citrus flavours, then attacks with a savoury nutty tang, and finishes with a salty reminder of the fresh spray of the sea.
    Producer Details
    One of the most exceptional of the small, independent sherry houses, Fernando de Castilla was revitalised in 1999 by Jan Pettersen - a Norwegian with a passion for top quality sherry, and 15 years experience at Osborne. After taking over the cellars of the Sherry shipper Jose Bustamante, located next door to the main facilities of Fernando de Castilla, Jan quickly established Fernando de Castilla as masters of the production and ageing of fine, unblended, untreated Sherries. The bodega's reputation is based on the excellence of the Antique range of intensely pure and complex single solera Sherries whose award winning packaging makes them even more impressive. The Antique Palo Cortado was awarded 'Best Dry Fortified Trophy' at the 2011 New Wave Spanish Wine Awards, whilst the Antique Amontillado scooped the trophy for Dry Fortified over 10 at the 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards.

    In the Vineyard
    Grapes are sourced from Fernando de Castilla's partners' vineyards in the Jerez district. The soil type is Albariza. Picking takes place in early September.

    In the Winery
    The wine is made from the first pressing of grapes, this gives a light fresh style. Fermentation takes place at relatively high temperatures to reduce fruit flavour. This makes a very neutral wine which is perfect for the production of sherry. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation. In the February after harvest the wine is fortified with grape brandy up to 15% abv. Once at this stage the wine is then added to fill 4/5ths of the butt (600-litre casks of oak American oak) in the youngest Criadera (scale) in the Solera (a Solera is the total number of scales which can be from 3 up to 9). The wine then begins its ageing process under flor. Periodically, a portion of the wine in a barrel is moved into the next scale, using tools called the canoa (canoe) and rociador (sprinkler) to move the wine gently and avoid damaging the layer of flor in each barrel. At the end of the series only a portion of the final barrel is bottled. This process is called "running the scales". Only 20% of finished wine can be removed from the Solera in one year. The ageing process of the Manzanilla Solera takes place in Sanlucar de Barrameda and the average age of the sherry is 3 years old.
    £11.99
  • Zuccardi Malamado Red Liqueur Wine Malbec 19.5% 75cl
    Argentina has almost made the Malbec grape its own and on this evidence it's not difficult to see why. A port style wine with immensely oncentrated, spicy bramble and raisin character. Rich and ripe with a well balanced sweetness and a long finish. Works exceedingly well with chocolate or at the end of a meal with cheese.

    Familia Zuccardi combines forward thinking with a deeply rooted wine culture to craft wines of unique quality and identity from Mendoza. Jose Alberto Zuccardi's pioneering spirit challenged the traditional focus on the domestic market and sought to introduce Argentinean wine to the world stage and it is this spirit that still drives their search for the highest quality from the unique terroir of Mendoza today. The resultant wines are a testament to this dedication, passion and care. Crafting some of the countries highest quality wines at fantastic value, the wines offer an extensive range of varietals that focus on the different regional styles within Mendoza.
    £16.45
  • Grahams 40 years old Tawny Port 20% 75cl
    GRAHAMS 40 Years Old is a witness to immemorial tradition. Grahams Master Blender composes this blend from wines put aside in the cellar by his great-grandfather, his grandfather, his father and his uncles.The Master Blender also sets aside wines for future generations. This Port is for those who appreciate the taste of time.

    Colour: Golden amber, with a pale green tinge at the rim, denoting great age.
    Aromas: Very complex with a powerful fragrance that belies its age.
    An array of flavours; from delicate fruit and raisins, to toasted toffee and chocolate, giving an outstanding aftertaste.
    Occasions & Pairing: Fabulous accompaniment to dark chocolate, but can also be enjoyed on its own an experience in itself.
    £99.99
  • Grahams 30 years old Tawny Port 20% 75cl
    As one of the last Port companies with its own cooperage team, tending to each cask individually, GRAHAMs masters the art of making 30 Years Old Tawnies.The wonder of wood works hand-in-hand with time to create one of lifes greatest pleasures. For those who are passionate about the art of making great Port wines.

    Colour: Light, orange-tinted amber.

    Aromas: Magnificent nose showing an array of dried fruits. A matured, concentrated palate with full honeyed fruit. Gorgeously mellow, with an amazing, long finish.

    Occasions & Pairing: Fabulous accompaniment to dark chocolate but can also be enjoyed alone, as a dessert in its own right it is indeed an experience in itself.
    £69.25
  • Grahams 20 year old Tawny Port 20% 75cl
    GRAHAMS 20 Years Old is the Master Blenders quest for perfection, capturing the perfect balance between young and aged Port wines. A Port wine perfected for more than twenty years, to delight those in the quest for excellence.

    Colour: Amber, golden tawny.
    Aromas: Excellent bouquet with a characteristic nutty character and delicious mature fruit with hints of orange peel, exquisitely mellowed by careful ageing. Rich, softly sweet and smooth.
    Perfectly balanced, with a long and elegant finish.
    Occasions & Pairing: Pairs extremely well with nuts, dried fruits and fruitcake but also with vanilla ice cream or crme brle.
    £38.99
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