William Offley founded the eponymous wine merchant in London in 1737, and soon...
began importing and bottling Port to the UK. By 1787, Offley was described as ‘one of the most considerable English houses at Porto.’ The house became famous for its association with Joseph James Forrester, later the Baron of Forrester, who came to Oporto in 1831 to join his uncle, James Forrester, who was a partner in what was then Offley, Forrester and Webber. The Baron Forrester became famous for mapping the Douro, and for painting many of its landscapes. He drowned when his boat capsized as he was travelling from the Douro to Oporto. It is said that he died because the money belt around his waist dragged him beneath the treacherous waters of the Douro. Under Sogrape’s ownership, Offley has thrived. Quality, derived from the fact that their best wines come from the Quinta da Boa Vista in Cima Corgo, has once again moved it up the ranks of Port producers.
The soil in the Douro Valley is made up of schist - a slate-like metamorphic rock that is poor in nutrients and has useful water retention properties. The poor quality soil ensures that the vines put down deep roots, producing grapes which are of high quality and low yield. The vines are grown on terraces cut into the steep hillsides of the Douro Valley. The terraces are walled with schist to prevent erosion, otherwise torrential rains would wash loose stones down the slopes and into the river. Each terrace can hold up to three rows of vines.
Offley 20 Year Old Tawny is produced by the traditional Port method. The hand-picked grapes are destemmed and crushed before fermentation at controlled temperatures, with skin maceration to extract tannin, colour and flavour. The addition of grape spirit at the ideal moment sets the balance between the wine's sweetness and bouquet. The moment of fortification is chosen by the winemaker following strict control of fermentation temperatures and densities according to 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 Vila Nova de Gaia and enter Offley’s centuries-old lodges for ageing in oak wood casks. The final blend results from a selection of wines between 15 and 40 years of age, masterfully blended to maintain consistency and character.
Offley 20 Year Old Tawny Port has a well-defined tawny hue with orange tones. Its aroma is intense and complex, with notes of vanilla, cinnamon, pepper, ginger, cedar, plum and hazelnuts - the result of careful evolution over many years in cask. On the palate, there is a fine balance between sugars and tannins. The finish is delicate and lingering, with great harmony between concentrated fruits and flavours of extended oak maturation.
|Grape varieties||0% Tinta Amarela
0% Tinta Roriz
0% Tinta Barroca
0% Tinto Cão
0% Touriga Franca
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