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.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Barros Tawny 'Special Reserve' Port

Grape Variety: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Barroca

Growing Region: Douro Valley, Portugal

Chief Winemaker: Pedro Sá

Located in the heart of Portugal's famed Douro region, Barros Almeida is one of the largest and most respected Portuguese port houses. Established in 1913, Barros has won an international reputation for producing the finest ports. I made my way to the vineyards last summer and had the most memorable experience, climbing the terraces in 38 degree heat - then sitting in front of the winery overlooking the Douro sampling a range of vintage ports from their cellars.
All of the prime fruit is hand-harvest at the best moment, the grapes are then destemmed, crushed and vinified in a careful maceration with extraction of colour, tannins and aromas. This process takes place until reaching the desired Baume. At this stage grape brandy/spirit is added to halt fermentation and retain natural sweetness. A wine of exceptional quality, crafted by the careful blending of wines with different levels of maturation, ages and variable sources, with a minimum required age of 7 years in oak barrels.
In the glass a bright brown-tawny colour. This port has a complex bouquet of dried fruits aromas, harmoniously combined with wood notes. On the palate this port is velvety and silky, with an excellent deepness. But it doesn't end there as it has a delicious and extremely lingering finish. Serve at a temperature between 12 - 14°C.

Drinking perfectly well this winter season; and will age for another 4-5 years.

Perfect wine match with light through to rich and aromatic desserts, and blue cheeses - enjoy.

A real treat for Port enthusiasts.


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