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 Rosé Port is created following the traditional winemaking method used for rosé wines. Hand-picked red grapes were destemmed, crushed and pressed immediately to avoid prolonged contact with the skins. A gentle decantation follows to separate the larger particles and clarify the must before it undergoes a cold fermentation. Just like in any other Port wine, fermentation is stopped by the addition of grape spirit, resulting in a sweet fortified wine. The wine stays in the Douro warehouses for the winter, after which it is taken to Vila Nova de Gaia and enters Offley’s centuries-old lodges to evolve in stainless steel vats to maintain its fresh fruit characters prior to bottling.
Offley Rosé Port has a light pink hue, with shades of violet. The nose has an abundance of red berries, tropical fruits and some light spicy notes. On the palate, the sweetness is balanced by fresh acidity, with flavours of tropical fruits and berries lingering on the crisp and elegant finish.
|Grape varieties||0% Tinta Barroca
0% Touriga Franca
0% Touriga Nacional
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