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Port Tawny

We generally think of Tawny as our cozy, comfort wine. Wrapped in a soft blanket alongside a fire, the subtle spiced aromas of dried dates, toasted nuts and toffee are slightly sinful, especially when paired with a traditional Portuguese salted almond cake, or better still, a sharp flavorful cheese from the Azores Islands. And for those who love camping, consider this as your bonfire wine!

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Douro Valley has probably the most savage and wild landscape in the world where still today men are struggling to tame the nature. To this day, in some vineyards donkeys and horses are used to help and only brave people are able to work in the vineyards on the steep slope. Marão Montemuro mountain range serves as a barrier to the rain, therefore Douro is one of the driest place in Europe. From this ferocious land comes our rich and complex Port Saint Clair.

Wine RegionDouro
GrapesTouriga Nacional (30%), Touriga Franca (30%), Tinta Barroca (20%) and Tinta Cão (20%)
ViticultureRoyal single cordon, 3000 to 6000 plants per hectare. 15 to 35 years old vineyards
HarvestSecond week of October, hand harvest, 16% potential alcohol
Wine Making Technique3-4 days maceration in “lagar”. Fermentation stopped at 7% alc. with brandy
Oak InfluenceAged 3 years in small old casks
Fining MaterialVeg. Protein
Tasting notesAn exquisite tawny port, with a deep and voluptuous palate. A smooth, yet intense concentration of dried fruit such as figs and raisins, chocolate, toffee and orange, is lifted with a vigorous acidity that delivers the essential freshness on the long finish. Superb with all cheeses or egg-based desserts, or simply on its own. Serve slightly chilled.