30 Year Old Tawny Port

Douro

Offley

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.

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Vineyards

The soil in the Douro Valley is made up of schist - a slate-like metamorphic rock that is rich in nutrients and has useful water retention properties. 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.

Vinification

Offley 30 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 25 and 40 years of age, masterfully blended to maintain consistency and character.

Tasting Notes

Offley 30 Year Old Tawny Port is amber in colour with greenish hints. Its bouquet is very intense and has great complexity, with notes of caramel, mocha, walnut and tobacco leaf, harmoniously fine-tuned over the years of careful evolution in oak. On the palate, it is very well-balanced showing a delicate structure and a sublime finish. It is produced in very limited quantities and represents the pinnacle of Offley’s age indicated Tawnies.

Vintage Information

Vintage NV
Grape varieties 0% Tinta Amarela
0% Tinta Roriz
0% Tinta Barroca
0% Tinto Cão
0% Touriga Franca
Region Douro
Winemaker Luís Sottomayor
Alcohol (ABV) 20%
Acidity 5.64g/l
Residual Sugar 122.8g/l
Wine pH 3.2