With an attractive red-tawny hue, typical of an older wine, Offley Porto Tawny has a delicate aroma reminiscent of ripe red fruit and enhanced by nutty notes that provide it with an added complexity. In the mouth, there is a fine balance between soft tannins and natural sweetness which combine harmoniously towards an elegant and fine finish.
A blend of a selection of high quality grapes from the traditional red varieties that flourish in the Douro region, namely Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Barroca and Tinto Cão.
Offley Porto Tawny is produced by the traditional Porto Wine method. The hand-picked grapes undergo stalk-removal and crushing before fermentation, under controlled temperature, with skin maceration so as to extract the best components. The addition of wine alcohol at the ideal moment sets the balance between the wine ́s body and bouquet. This moment is chosen by the winemaker following strict control of fermentation temperatures and densities, the later depending on the vine variety, maturation stage and the final sweetness required. After the harvest, the wines remain in the Douro until the following Spring, when they are taken to V.N.Gaia and enter Offley ́s centuries-old lodges for ageing in oak wood casks, as required by Porto Wine traditional ageing system. Throughout the years the wines are carefully tasted and analysed by the oenology team who also makes all necessary corrections and prepares the final blend so as to keep Offley Porto Tawny ́s style and character. The final blend is filtered and cold-stabilised prior to bottling.
Offley Porto Tawny is a very versatile and attractive wine, ideal with traditional desserts, from crème brûlée to apple, almond and cream tarts. Served chilled it is an excellent aperitif and goes well with some salted starters.
Lighter than Vintage port and Ruby port in both color and aroma, Tawny Port is made from grapes grown in cooler parts of the Douro. Its nutty, oxidative character is often enjoyed as an aperitif, shunning Port's usual role as an after-dinner drink.