Traditional grape varieties are sourced from the Quinta do Retiro estate and neighbouring growers in the Rio Torto Valley. Here old vines are planted in schistous soils. Fermentation is in open granite tanks called `lagares`, where the grapes are trodden by foot. Fermentation is interrupted by the addition of grape spirit to preserve a certain degree of natural sweetness. All ageing is done in 547 litre oak barrels (the traditional `pipe`) and larger casks. Bottled to order. This Port was aged for four decades in cask.
This elegant single vintage tawny has a complex nose of orange peel, hazelnuts, cherries and spice. The palate is silky with a luscious sweetness, rich nutty and spicy characters, a touch of salinity, and tangy orange peel acidity. The finish is amazingly long with notes of toffee and caramel.
With a lovely colour from the wood ageing, the nose reveals dried fruits and raisin aromas. The smoothness and balance on the palate gives a good indication of the ageing process this wine has been through.