White port is basically what it sounds like - a port made from white grapes. This offering comes from one of the best producers on Portugal, and shows lots of orange rind, nuttiness and butterscotch on the nose. The palate is a touch sweet, with roast nut flavours, licks of caramel, bright acidity, and a decent toffee-like finish. Great by itself, or even as a mixer with tonic.
Our focus at present is on ‘new wave’ Vintage Ports. Newness in respect of the Douro Boys’ attachment to the single quinta concept, but stylistically, too: these VPs drink exceptionally well as young wines. As a rule of thumb, they are great drinks until 5 years’ age. Then they need to cellar for 10+ years. Easy! They are extraordinarily good value.
Malvasia, Viosinho and Gouveio are fermented as a white wine until the fermentation is stopped by the addition of pure grape brandy. Brazil and cashew nut, rancio and tea; served chilled it is the perfect Portuguese aperitif.