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30 YEAR OLD TAWNY
30 YEAR OLD TAWNY
92 pts - Wine Enthusiast - April 2019
We are thrilled to be launching this 30 year Tawny port to celebrate the thirty year anniversary of when Tim and Sophia Bergqvist, father and daughter, started Quinta de la Rosa in 1988.
Traditional port varieties, mainly Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz, from the older dry stone terraced vineyards at La Rosa. All the La Rosa vineyards are classified as A quality by the Casa do Douro.
Tawny ports can be drunk chilled as an aperitif or at the end of the meal either on their own or with dessert or cheese. Tawny ports, by their nature are slightly oxidized in style, this means that they can be kept open longer than Vintage ports. This port can be left open for a few weeks when stored in a cool place with a vacuvin or cork.
All our ports are made in the ‘house style’ namely slightly drier without any cloying sweetness that can be associated with some other ports. We also work hard making sure the brandy is well integrated. As with our wines, we search for harmony and equilibrium from our vineyards and we try to enable the grapes to express themselves in the bottle. The La Rosa style is to make well defined wines without too much extraction and tannin.
This 30 year old has a beautiful amber colour showing its age well. The long, slow maturation in old wooden pipes (550L barrels) has given this magnificent wine enormous elegance and complexity. On the nose, slightly dried fruit aromas with touches of balsamic vinegar, coffee and exotic wood are just some of its components. On the palate, it is simply delicious, almost light but with incredible intensity of flavour, soft, mouth filling with great persistence.
The 30 Year Tawny is a blend of ports with an average age of thirty years. Every vintage the grapes are picked by hand at the end of September/October and trodden by foot in granite lagares. Each year we keep back some of the best quality port and use this to make up the 10, 20 and 30 year old tawny blends.
QUALITY & ENVIRONMENT
We practice a sustainable agricultural regime being part of ADVID & SATIVA. We don’t use genetically modified organisms nor do we use animal products so vegetarians can drink our wines. We recycle where possible and are HACCP & BRC rated.
MATURATION & BOTTLING
The port is stored in the La Rosa armazem in small 550L old oak casks or ‘pipes’. It is from this selection of fine old ports that we blend our dated tawnies. Unlike most port shippers, all products are stored and bottled in the Douro (at La Rosa and not Porto), allowing full traceability and ensuring quality from grape to bottle.