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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 wi...
    £22.99
  • 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.
    £15.75
  • Quinta do Passadouro 2000 vintage Port 75cl
    The Pinhao valley property on Quinta do Passadouro makes quite different ports to those under the Niepoort label, due to the very particular terroir found here. The stamp of Dirk Niepoort is unmistakable, though, and since the first vintage Port in 1992, Passadouro enjoys a loyal following all of...
    £42.00
  • Niepoort 1997 vintage Port 20% 75cl
    The magic of Vintage port is different in every phase: as a young wine it captures the youthful fruit characters, then after 20 years or more the effects of the slow bottle age integration are revealed and finally after many decades the spirit dominates the wine. Vintage Port is amazing in all th...
    £67.99
  • 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 chara...
    £7.99
  • Niepoort Vintage 2007 20% 75cl
    This vintage continues Niepoorts tradition to create balanced ports with great concentrationwhile simultaneously fine and delicate. Once again, at Niepoort, we believe that we managed toproduce a Vintage Port to last for decades...VinificationAfter several dry winters, the...
    £49.20
  • Niepoort Tawny Dee Port 20.5% 375ml
    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. Niepoort Tawny Dee, with an average age of three and a half years, originates from low ...
    £8.75
  • 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
  • Taylors 20 years old Tawny Port 20% 75cl
    Taylor's 20 years old Tawny port is another magnificent and finely-balanced tawny of outstanding richness and complexity. The additional ten years of aging produces a fine balance between the rich, raisiny fruit and the nutty, honeyed finish - a taste to linger over. This rare port is traditional...
    £37.95
  • Taylors Late Bottled Vintage Port 2010 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 flav...
    £15.75
  • Niepoort Tawny Dee Port 20% 75cl
    Of the NiePOoRTland twins, although similar at the outset, with time, Tawny Dee acquires greatwisdom and subtleness through ageing in small old oak casks in our cellars in Vila Nova de Gaiaexhibiting discrete characters of dried stone fruits. This refinement is further enhanced by the...
    £15.99
  • Ramos Pinto Collector Reserva Port 19.5% 75cl
    The reddish, brown border round the glass is the only visible sign of maturity. The intermediate area that is initially opaque evolves into a translucent dark red. To finish, at the base of the glass, the colour is red. Nose: Its typical aroma is characterised by a similarity with...
    £17.25
  • Niepoort LBV 2013 Port 20% 75cl
    Late Bottled Vintage port is from a single year. The wine ages 4-6 years in old oak casks (opposed to Vintage that ages 2-3). LBV fills the gap between the rubies and the vintage ports since a Ruby Port should be drunk quite young and a great Vintage Port may need 15 to 20 years to really open up...
    £22.99
  • Taylors 30 years old Tawny Port 75cl
    Taylors 30 years old Tawny Port is a rare port. Only every two or three years is a reserve of port with sufficient structure, fruit and power to age, produced from Taylor's own vineyards, laid aside to age in oak casks. Those that have reached their peak after thirty years are then blended togeth...
    £72.00
  • Niepoort 10 years old Tawny Port 75cl
    Tawnies with an age indication such as "10 years" are blended from different wines averaging 10 years. The prolonged ageing in small wooden casks confers the characteristic Tawny colour. The principle features of an aged tawny are the complexity of aromas, the freshness an...
    £35.99
  • Taylors 1985 Vintage Port 20% 75cl
    Taylors 1985 would be the perfect drinking Port leading up to the festive period. Lovely and mature, with the pedigree of Taylors. The 1985 vintage was preceded by an exceptionally cold, wet winter, with night temperatures at Pinho well below freezing point between the 7th and 15th January. Bud b...
    £73.50
  • Niepoort LBV (Half bottle) 20% 375ml
    Late Bottled Vintage port is from a single year. The wine ages 4-6 years in old oak casks (opposed to Vintage that ages 2-3). LBV fills the gap between the rubies and the vintage ports since a Ruby Port should be drunk quite young and a great Vintage Port may need 15 to 20 years to really open up...
    £11.50
  • Ramos Pinto 10 years old Tawny Port Quinta de Ervamoira 20% 75cl
    This tawny is a blend with an average age of 10 years. We are entering the complex world of aged tawnies.Its body and rich flavour transport us to the place where it was created, the Quinta de Ervamoira. It is in this mystical, biblical landscape that the wine is extracted from the schist,...
    £29.99
  • 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 le...
    £15.99
  • Taylors Century of Port 20.5% 4x37.5cl
    A superb taster selection of Taylor's very fine Tawny Ports. One 37.5cl bottle ofTaylors 10,20,30 and 40 years old Tawny ports presented in a stylish wooded box
    £159.00
  • Niepoort The Senior Tawny Port 20% 75cl
    As far as tawnies go this superb House style, should be your introduction to Niepoorts craft. Assembled from barrel aged ports it delivers a complex range of raisined, nutty, coffee-caramel flavoured amber nectar. Superb quality!
    £22.99
  • 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, whic...
    £113.00
  • Niepoort Ruby Dum Port 20% 75cl
    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 chara...
    £15.99
  • 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 backbon...
    £30.50
  • Ramos Pinto White Reserva Port 19.5% 75cl
    Porto White Reserva is made from the Douro Demarcated Region's finest white grape varieties, and results from the most careful selection of wines, which have on average been aged in our cellars in oak barrels for seven years. Grapes Codega, Malvasia Fina, Viozinho, Rabigato...
    £16.99

Wines that have had a form of spirit added to them are referred to as fortified wines. The purpose of fortifying wine is to increase its alcohol volume while injecting the flavours and characteristics that come with certain spirits.

What is Fortified Wine?

One of the initial reasons for fortifying wine was to preserve it because ethanol is a natural source of antiseptic. While other methods of preservation have since been created, the production of fortified wine is still very popular because the finished product has such a vast range of flavours.

The most common ingredient added to fortified wine is grape brandy, but a wide variety of flavours, scents and characteristics can also be introduced including grain and sugarcane. This makes the range of fortified wines available immensely diverse, with a huge range of flavours, scents, and characteristics.

Variations of Fortified Wine

Port

Port wine (typically known as Port)originates in the Douro Valley of Portugal's northern province. It tends to be a sweet red wine, but can also come in dry, semi-dry and white varieties.

Sherry

Sherry is a fortified wine made from white grapes that are grown near a town in Spain called Jerez, and "sherry" is actually the English word for Jerez. After fermentation, sherry is fortified with brandy. Due to the fact that fortification is carried out after fermentation, the majority of sherries are initially dry, with sweetness being added later.

Madeira Wine

Madeira is a fortified wine named after its place of origin, the Madeira Islands. Madeira wine is made in a variety of styles, such as dry wines to be consumed on their own, or sweeter wines that are more commonly consumed with dessert. Maderia wine is heated and oxidised (maturation process), resulting in a longer lifespan and a vast range of delicious flavours.

Marsala

Marsala wine is available in both fortified and unfortified variations and originates from Sicily. It was originally produced in 1772 by John Woodhouse, an English merchant, as a budget-friendly alternative to sherry and port wine, and is named after the island's port, Marsala. Both styles are blended with brandy. ‘Fine’, the slightly younger and weaker version, is at least 17% proof and aged for four months or more; while the ‘Superiore’, is at least 18%, and must be aged two years or more.

Are you looking for wine that offers more in regards to its strength and flavour? DrinkFinder’s comprehensive range of wine includes a number of fortified wines from all over the world. Check out our fortified wines online or get in touch if you have any queries.