/ Douro Valley Porto
Grapes: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinto Cão, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca
Sourced in the traditional way, from the highest-quality individual growers in the Douro Valley, where the varying altitude and aspect of the vineyards creates the potential for a complex wine of great character. Fermentation is halted by the addition of grape spirits before all the residual sugar has been fermented, creating a sweet, fortified wine. Single Harvest Tawny is a blend of ports from a single year which age to maturity in seasoned oak casks.
Blue Lifestyle2002 vintage
The 2001 - 2002 Viticultural year was one of the driest years on record. During the winter almost no rain fell. Besides the dry winter, the temperature was extremely cold, with the Pinhão river at Cruzeiro completely freezing over at Christmas. Just when we were waiting for the last ripening of the grapes to occur in early September, between the 15th and 22nd, we received 4.3 Inches of rain across the Douro. If it had not been for the perfect health of the grapes this season, the effect would have been much more damaging. The vintage started on our Quintas on September 23rd, and clear hot weather resulted in very good Ports being made during the two weeks until the rains returned at the beginning of October.
Ripened fruit, caramel, mocha and raisins. The taste is an explosion of plums, nuts, spices and vanilla, with a nice sweet finish. Long and full.
Almonds, walnuts, berry fruit, dark chocolate or blue veined cheeses.
GRAPES: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinto Cão, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca
ACIDITY: 4.23 g/l
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 102 g/l
points of distinction
- Blend of tawny port from a single year's harvest
- Sourced from high quality growers
about the grape +
Used to make Port wines, this high yielding grape has very high sugar content, which makes wines with pronounced floral character, good structure and firm, ripe tannins.
This grape has blackberry, game and meaty aromas, and contributes longevity and exceptional elegance to the blend of Port wines.
Tinta Roriz produces deep-colored grapes of moderate acidity which make bold wines with firm tannins, excellent complexity and distinctive resin-like fragrance.
This grape has high tannins and is very aromatic; it lends structure and balance to Port wines. It shows intense fresh red fruit, earth and flower aromas, and is very fruity on the palate.
Touriga Nacional produces wine with finesse, body and warmth that is dark, concentrated, massively tannic and aromatic. It ages to show the complex aromas typically found in mature vintage port.
– David Guimaraens, Winemaker
“My team and I strive to bring the very best performance out of our vineyards by careful nurturing of the vines, combined with the very best winemaking techniques available.”