Offley Porto 30-Year-Old Tawny is a remarkable Port wine, amber in colour with greenish hints. Its bouquet is very intense and has great complexity, with notes of caramel, moka, varnish, walnut and tobacco leaf, harmoniously fine-tuned along years of careful evolution in oak wood. In the mouth, it is a very well-balanced and unctuous wine that shows a delicate structure and a sublime finish.
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Offley’s history has begun in 1737, the year in which the Englishman William Offley founded the company to which he gave his own name the Offley house. The Offley house has started the import and bottling Port wine by 1787 and it was described as one of the most considerable Port houses at England. It is however from the 19th century onwards, the company acquired a new dynamism. In 1831, Joseph James Forrester, a nephew of the founder, joined the company. An academic and an artist, James Forrester was the first person to map the River Douro and its region, as well as to draw maps that became works of reference. He also undertook numerous wine-growing studies and left important graphical works as paintings, drawings and sketches, in which he shows all his passion for the Douro. James Forrester’s contribution to the development of the region where Port Wine is made, as well as to its trade, earned him the title of Baron given to him by the King of Portugal. Throughout the years the company invested in the production and marketing of fortified wines, in the planting of new vineyards and in the re-planting of existing ones (as happened at Quinta da Boavista), built and maintained unique ageing cellars at Vila Nova de Gaia.
Offley Porto 30-Year-Old Tawny is produced by the traditional Port method. The hand-picked grapes are destemmed and crushed before fermentation at controlled temperatures, with skin maceration to extract tannin, colour and flavour. The addition of brandy at the ideal moment sets the balance between the wine's sweetness and bouquet. The moment of fortification is chosen by the winemaker following strict control of fermentation temperatures and densities according to the vine variety, maturation stage and the final sweetness required. After the harvest, the wines remain in the Douro until the following spring, when they are taken to Vila Nova de Gaia and enter Offley’s centuries-old lodges for ageing in oak wood casks. The final blend results from a selection of wines between 12 and 40 years of age, composed to maintain the consistency and character of this Offley Tawny Port 30-Year-Old wine.
Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Barroca, Tinto Cão
This Offley Porto 30-Year-Old Tawny, aged in the cellars at Vila Nova de Gaia at the mouth of the Douro river, has a strong sense of wood ageing that gives acidity and a golden glow to the palate. It's, rich but elegant wine, there is some good burnt caramel flavour, as well as ripe fruit, and a delicious, just lightly fresh aftertaste.
Store and Serve Advice:
The bottle should be kept upright, protected from light and humidity, at a constant temperature of 16ºC-18ºC. It is ready for drinking and does not require decanting. Once open, it should be consumed within 2-3 months. Serve between 12ºC-16ºC.