Taylor's First Estate Reserve Port 75cl



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Red Portuguese Wine

Type of Closure: Natural Cork

Producer: The Fladgate Partnership
Grape Variety: Touriga Francesa / Touriga Nacional, Tinta Cao, Touriga Francesa, Tempranillo
Winemaker: David Guimaraens
Agent: Mentzendorff & Co Ltd
Vinification Details: Port , unlike table wine, has only a three day production cycle to extract colour, tannin and flavour. The fermentation is very intense. All Port is fortified with neutral grape spirit before it has fully fermented- normally when only half the grape sugars have fermented into alcohol. This stops the fermentation, keeping the wine sweet but raising its alcoholic strength to 20%. The wine is stored in great oak vats.
History: Taylor's is now into its fourth century: one of the very oldest of Port companies. It is the last totally independent company of the original British Port houses - and is still family owned and managed. For more than 300 years Taylor's name has been synonymous with consistent excellence in Port. The stature of its Ports is acknowledged by experts everywhere - and by the international wine auctions which regularly price Taylor's vintage Port ten to fifteen per cent above its rivals.
Regional Information: Vines have grown on the steep and rocky slopes of the Douro since Roman times. The soil is schist, a hard rock which often has to be broken up using dynamite when planting. Vines are one of the few plants to ssurvive here, and have to put roots down as much as 25 feet in order to find water. Summers can be hot, and winters very cold, but the Douro's unique and austere beauty means that it is now a World Heritage Site.

Alcohol By Volume: 20
Units: 15
Tasting Notes: First Estate Reserve is still vinified at this old property, it is blended to produce a rich, full young port with an abundance of fruit - a true reflection of the Taylor's style and tradition.

Statutory/Years: 18

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"To enjoy this wine at its best, drink within 1 year of purchase."

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