Origin: Douro Valley, Portugal
Blend: Traditional port varieties, mainly Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz, from the older dry stone terraced vineyards at La Rosa. All the La Rosa vineyards are classified as A quality by the Casa do Douro.
Tawny ports can be drunk chilled as an aperitif or at the end of the meal either on their own or with dessert or cheese. Tawny ports, by their nature are slightly oxidized in style, this means that they can be kept open longer than Vintage ports. This port can be left open for a few weeks when stored in a cool place with a vacuvin or cork.
All our ports are made in the ‘house style’ namely slightly drier without any cloying sweetness that can be associated with some other ports. We also work hard making sure the brandy is well integrated. As with our wines, we search for harmony and equilibrium from our vineyards and we try to enable the grapes to express themselves in the bottle. The La Rosa style is to make well defined wines without too much extraction and tannin.
This 30 year old has a beautiful amber colour showing its age well. The long, slow maturation in old wooden pipes (550L barrels) has given this magnificent wine enormous elegance and complexity. On the nose, slightly dried fruit aromas with touches of balsamic vinegar, coffee and exotic wood are just some of its components. On the palate, it is simply delicious, almost light but with incredible intensity of flavour, soft, mouth filling with great persistence.