This gift pack contains 4 x 5cl bottles of each of the classic styles of Madeira that have been aged for an average of 5 years in old oak casks in Fuchal, Madeira. Sercial is dry, Verdelho is medium dry, Bual is medium rich and Malmsey is rich - discover your favourite style with this selection!
A complex wine with fresh acidity, brown spices, nuts and citrus peel, and an extraordinarily long finish. Serve chilled as an aperitif, with seafood or smoked fish. Madeira should be cellared upright. It loves light, heat and air, but hates frost.
Raisins, toffee and roast nuts on the nose. A complex, medium-weight wine with a superb tangy finish. A real tastebud teaser, this would make an excellent aperitif.? Wine, October 2003. Bronze Medal, IWC 2004
Brown/orange colour. There's a nice tarry richness to the caramel and raisin nose. Soft, rich nutty palate with good acidity. Very fresh, with some sweetness, a rich texture and good balance. Finishes with an appealing bitter twang.
"Delicious rum and raisin richness and toffee notes that are so inviting, it has really lovely balance and length with lift as well as intensity", The Wine Merchant Top 100
Grahams Crusted Port is a style of bottle-aged Port made that can be made from a blend of 2 or 3 young vintage Ports and, because it is bottled without fining or filtration, will develop a sediment (or crust) with age, like a vintage Port, and will require a simple decanting. It made from a selection of very fine young Ports from two or three harvests sourced from Graham’s own Quintas.
Gold Medal Best In Class IWSC 2006 Orange/brown colour. Nice acid lift offsets the raisiny sweetness on the nose. Soft, rich-textured palate displays caramel flavours with balancing acidity and a long finish. "Lovely smoky, raisiny aromas; sweet, rich,
A dark, full-bodied, fruity, luscious, fragrant sipping wine. Characteristic grapefruit and orange notes with walnuts keeps it from becoming sickly or overblown. This ‘malmsey-style’ of wine is best served as a dessert wine, especially chocolate
90% Tinta Negra Mole, 10% Verdelho. A golden, medium dry wine. An aperitif or an ideal accompaniment for consommés, pâtés, particularly pâté de foie gras, cheeses or cakes. A very good all purpose wine.
Reminiscent of a bigger, ripe cote-du-rhone...in a good sense.. pure, spicy, dusty, candied raspberry fruit, with some high-toned citrus or floral notes. medium body... some dusty tannins in finish... not very complicated, though enjoyable for it's bigger
"The 2003 Taylor’s has a lovely ripe, primal bouquet of blackberry, raspberry, vanilla and marmalade...The palate is medium-bodied with very composed, refined tannins that belie the heat of that summer. There is wonderful focus here and fine tension, the finish offering precise notes of black cherries, mulberry, cloves and white pepper. This is one of the finest Ports of a precocious vintage"
95 points Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
Amber colour with greenish nuances. Intense nose of great complexity, standing-out the dried fruit aromas, harmoniously combined with vanilla and honey touches. In the mouth, it is wonderfully balanced, unctuous and extremely concentrated. Sublime and endless finish.
Gold Medal at the 2013 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
The blend was carefully put together for this limited edition from specially selected Ports from Taylor’s extensive aged Tawny stocks, aged in seasoned oak Port pipes. Its character is unique for this bottling.” David Guimaraens, Taylor’s Winemaker
Black/purple colour. A lovely complex nose with excellent sweet and rich fruit aromas such as black cherry, black currant and blackberry. On the palate it is packed with solid, structured, rich and intense black fruit flavours and an admirably long finish. A fabulous way to end a lunch or dinner, Graham's 2004 Quinta dos Malvedos pairs wonderfully with chocolate desserts, such as chocolate mousse.
So funky and eccentric and natural. Winemaker Dirk Niepoort regarded as one of the most exciting stars in Portugal. Effectively Port (all grapes are Port grapes) but made non-fortified as a table wine. Big but in no way over-done.
Jancis Robinson Master of Wine and her wine review website approves:
"(The red and white) stood out for two things: their delicious, refreshing drinkability and their great value."
"this dark-red-fruited well of pleasure as juicy and fresh, cheerful, bright and long. It’s delicious already as the oak influence is subtle and the tannins very fine but there’s absolutely no hurry to drink it."… "Deep cherry red, really juicy, fresh and ripe-fruited. A happy, cheerful and bright wine, persistent too. So much drinking pleasure."
A great partner to a wide variety of dishes, whether full or mild in flavour. Unbeatable for its reliability and consistently high quality. Herdade do Esporão is Portugal's largest privately-owned wine company, and proof that big can be beautiful.
Some fizz (relatively modest), low (10%) alcohol and a bit of sugar (only 5 grams per litre– barely over the legal “dry” limit and rather low for this style). It is a blend of 40% Arinto, 20% Azal, 20% Avesso and 20% Loureiro. This is the winery’s entry-level wine and it offers amazing value. We've made the decision in this vintage to offerthe wine in both cork and screwcap.
Códega. Rabigato. Viosinho. 50% old French oak. Parker 90/100 "A surprisingly solid Branco that still seems like a fully fresh white, this has fine depth for the level, coating the palate nicely, while retaining both freshness and grip on the lingering finish. It is serious, tightly wound and still a little fruity... an overachiever just now... seems like a big step forward this vintage"
Parker 91/100 "Mostly a 60/25 blend of Viosinho and Rabigato... six months in 10% new oak and 10% stainless steel, with the other 80% in used oak.... takes the regular Branco, then adds some wood texture and plenty of power... feels dense yet crisp, with a lingering and textured finish. La Rosa's two main white labels (the regular Branco and this) certainly seem to be particularly good bargains this year. They punch above their weight."
Juicy star Douro red from the hugely talented Sophia Bergqvist. Touriga Nacional & Franca, Tinto Roriz et al.
eRobertParker "When first seen, this was a big overachiever... it is still beautiful. The pure and intense fruit is simply delicious, but the structure means that this doesn't just seem like a candied fruit bomb... a cut above what wines like this often achieve. It's a "summer red" style, but it adds a bit of distinction. I continue to love this delicious Tinto..."
One of the finest bargains in Port. First rate, artisan, trodden by foot in granite lagares. All grapes A quality - the port region is classified from A to F. Less sweet than most commercial Port.
Robert M Parker 92/100 "a stunning example of what can be achieved and found in non-vintage port blends. This small port lodge has turned out a terrific, full-bodied, garnet/ruby-colored wine with a big, chocolatey, black-cherry, cedary nose, full-bodied, unctuously-textured flavors, and gobs of fruit and richness, as well as an off-dry, impressive finish."
Jancis Robinson MW
"Mid purplish crimson. Light meaty nose with some real interest and Douro character. Real edge and spice here. These top-quality ruby ports must be some of the best-value wines in the world! Peppery and not too sweet. Sheer pleasure..."
This famous Port house's best vineyard makes great wines with distinctive aromas of mint and violet with intense concentration and fine peppery tannins. Dow's is owned by the Symington family, Port producers for five generations since 1882,
25% Touriga Nacional, 25% Tinta Roriz, 25%
Touriga Franca, 25% Tinta Barroca
A deep brown colour, with a garnet rim. An elegant and complex nose, with prevailing notes of
dried fruit, cocoa and subtle hints of snuff and wood. In the mouth, it is silky, enveloping and
slightly unctuous. Powerful and deep, with extraordinary structure and a long, delicious finish.
25% Touriga Nacional, 25% Tinta Roriz, 25% Touriga Franca, 25% Tinta Barroca
A vivid amber colour. Rich and elegant on the nose, with prevailing aromas of dried fruit, well
wrapped by fine notes of vanilla and chocolate. An intense and full-bodied wine, yet delicate
and well structured. A deep, delicious and persistent finish.