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Producer: BarrosGrape Varieties: Tinta Amarela 25%, Tinta Barroca 25%, Tinta Roriz 25%, Touriga Francesa 25%Optimum Drinking: Within 40 yearsWine Style: Velvety intensely flavoured PortAlcohol by Volume: 20%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: Portugal
Lovely balance with rich, warm and intense flavours of toffee, candied orange and dark chocolate.
Bright brown colour with reddish hints. Complex nose, characterised by the presence of the wood notes wonderfully blended with aromas of spice, dried fruits and delicate hints of fruit jam. Well structured with good balance and firm, round tannins that emerge on the intense and velvety palate. Delightful persistence on the finish.
Having celebrated their 100th year of trading in 2013, Barros Port is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious companies producing and trading in Port. Much of their success comes from Colheita Ports - old Tawnies from a single year matured in cask for a minimum period of seven years. Their expertise in Colheita Ports has established them as the stand out producer of this style. Barros leaves their Colheita Ports to mature in cask until being hand bottled to order. The loss of wine from evaporation (known as the 'Angel's Share') is much higher in comparison to bottle ageing. It is a sacrifice they are willing to make and one that helps them achieve unsurpassed quality in their Colheita wines. In June 2006, Barros Ports was integrated into the Sogevinus Group who are now responsible for growing the brand in the international markets.
2005 was an exceptionally dry year and a vintage which produced an early, but high quality harvest in the Douro region.
The vines are grown on terraces cut into the steep hillsides of the Douro Valley. The vines have been planted along the terraces of the greatest slopes, the “Vinha ao Alto” , which translates as "vertically planted vines". The vineyard soils are schist greywacke ante-Ordovician, with some granitic formations. This soil is rich in nutrients and has useful water retention properties. Traditionally, the vines in the region are grown low, close to the ground. The single or double Guyot and unilateral and bilateral cordons are the methods most frequently used for training the vines. Trellises are not permitted for Port Wine grapes. The grapes are manually harvested, once they have reached the optimum maturity according to the variety.
Barros Colheita 2005 is produced by the traditional Port method. The grapes were de-stemmed, crushed and underwent a careful skin maceration to extract colour, aromatics and fine tannins. Fermentation took place in vats with constant pump overs during fermentation. Temperatures were controlled and maintained at between 28 to 30°C, until the desired Baumé was reached. At this moment, grape brandy was added, which is known as the ‘benefit’, resulting in a fortified wine with perfect balance. A wine of exceptional quality, from a single harvest.
Desserts with caramel, dried fruits and spices; or with cheese of medium intensity.
Tinta Amarela 25%, Tinta Barroca 25%, Tinta Roriz 25%, Touriga Francesa 25%
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Barros White Port NV£14.10
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