Port of Leith - Reserve Tawny Port (PORTUGAL)
Region: Santa Marta de Penaguião, Douro
Grape Variety: A blend of red grapes including - Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz.
Producer: Martha’s Family Estate
Production Method: Traditional
- Pure and vibrant red fruits
- Beautiful and delicate nutty undertones
Martha’s Family Estate has been producing exquisite Tawny Port in the Douro Valley since the mid 18th century. For much of that time, their wines were sold to merchants in Porto to be bottled under other people’s brands. This Reserve Tawny has been matured for 6 to 8 years.
The wine is matured in oak barrels for several years allowing for some gradual exposure to oxygen. As a result, the wine will have a slight ‘tawny’ or golden brown character, and nutty flavours develop in the wine. A Reserve Tawny like this is in general a blend of wines that average 7 years of maturation.
Full barrels of Port wine used to be shipped to Leith, where they would be decanted into bottles. These days, the wine is bottled in Portugal and empty casks are shipped separately.