About Me

Gavin Hubble - (BSc & Post Grad. Business Marketing) - I started working in the wine industry over 23 years ago in New Zealand. Working in; wine retail, sales, wine production, label & packaging design, marketing, wine buying, consulting and wine education. I am responsible for the Brand Health of 60+ wine brands distributed here in New Zealand. Wine Brands from New Zealand, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina. I work closely with the Trade Industry - (Retail Stores & Restaurants) introducing, educating and positioning exciting and unique brands to wine enthusiasts all over the world.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Barros Tawny 10 Years Old Port

Grape Variety: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca & Tinta Barroca

Growing Region: Douro Valley, Portugal

Master Blender: Fernando Oliveira

This Port has gone through the traditional production process, including stopping the fermentation of the 'must' by adding pure brandy spirit, the blending of fine wines and the ageing for an average of 10 years. The fermentation in stainless steel vats with oxidative maceration and pump-over's at a temperature of 30C, until reaching the desired extraction, then the adding of brandy at this stage. This high quality wine was achieved by the blending of wines from several harvests, in order to achieve an assemblage of desired characteristics. The wine then matures in wood for a variable period of time, and the age on the label of Barros Port corresponds to the average age of the different blended wine ages and expresses the character of the wine, developed and matured by the ageing in oak cask.
A brown-tawny colour fills the glass. On the nose you have rich, ripe dried fruit aromas, with highlights of delicate vanilla and chocolate notes. On the palate this Port has a soft and silky texture and the subtle nuances of oak are balanced by a fresh acidity and good tannins which culminates with a long and elegant finish. Serve at 12-14C.

Drinking perfectly well now, once open store in a cool place and enjoy within 2 months.

Perfect match with rich cheeses, fruit cakes, Tiramisu and chocolate desserts, enjoy.

The hard part will be putting the cork back in after opening.


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