Fullbodied and luscious, with lots of sweet fruit and a long subtle finish that goes on and on. This is really the benchmark for 10-year-old tawnies." Tasting notes from James Suckling in June-2003.
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Tawnies with an age indication such as "10 year" are blended from different wines averaging 10 year. 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 and a persistent bouquet and refinement. After dinner, old tawny is a good match with cheeses and especially chocolate based desserts. It can also be drunk as an aperitif, serve at room temperature or lightly chilled. Niepoort produces 10, 20 and 30 year old Tawny. The skilful ageing and blending of the different tawny ports is the art of master blender José Nogueira. Vinification: The tawnies are aged in small old oak casks, (550 l), in the cellars at Vila Nova de Gaia, over many years. The balanced marriage of the different characteristics and diverse ages is the art of the Niepoort master blender José Nogueira.
Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz
Tawny in colour, with aromas of dried apricots and crystallized tangerine peel well integrated with a nutty character. “The palate reveals dried fruits with a fiery spirity finish. With a great structure and a long finish. This offers amazing aromas of orange and lemon peel, with hints of toffee, caramel and honey. Fullbodied and luscious, with lots of sweet fruit and a long subtle finish that goes on and on. This is really the benchmark for 10-year-old tawnies." Tasting notes from James Suckling in June-2003.
Store and Serve Advices:
Recommended serving at a temperature of 16 to 18ºC
VZ 10 Year Old is a fruity, sweet and soft Tawny Port wine. It's attractive with a softened mellow texture with an intense complex nose which complements the appealing raisiny fruit. It shows red fruits as well as a light toffee character with the wood ageing flavours in the background and it's, extraordinary, fresh in the ending.
Calem Velhotes 10 Years Old Tawny Port shows an orange colour with an intense brightness. It features ripe fruit aromas like currants, apricots and confited orange peel. Its core is interwoven in a light vanilla with notes of wood. It has a very elegant structure, it's s fresh, balanced with a persistent finish.
Porto Cruz 10 Years Old Tawny Port is a balanced and fresh, while also show dried fruits from the wood-ageing flavours. It's ripe, with dark toffee and chocolate flavours giving it intensity. At the end, the acidity dominates.
Dow's 10 year old tawny Port reveals an amber golden colour. It is soft and rich on the palate with a fine and mellow fruit flavour blending in with the almond overtones of prolonged cask ageing. A very fine Port to be savoured in a reasonably sized glass so that the aromas and colour can be appreciated.
Fonseca 10 Year Old Tawny Port has the full Fonseca style. This aged Tawny presents both rich fruit and a softer wood-aged. It has a very good acidity following the sweet initial taste, developing into ripe fruits flavours, hazelnuts, plum jelly, and a final crisp acidity.