Get to know: Quinta do Vale Meao, 10 Year Old Tawny Port
On the nose it has a rich toasty character with nuts, coffee and chocolate aromas topped with hints of orange peel, all combined together by fine wood maturation. Rich and soft on the palate full of ripe fruit flavours mingling with burnt sugar, caramel, molasses, raisin and toffee notes that persist on a long, complex and elegant finish. This is wonderful, luxurious captivating tawny port with a beautiful velvety texture and intensity but also has a lightness and edge of acidity that gives it energy.
Try this with dried fruits, chocolate desserts, pastries or of course some cheese particularly a hard cheddar.
"We love the wines of Quinta do Vale Meao and their Tawny is a bold, powerful port that has a rich and complex flavour. So smooth and velvety, it's a serious treat for any port lover. This would make a superb gift."
A vineyard steeped in history, this immense Estate is a standard bearer for the Douro and Portugal. Their wines have grace, finesse and boldness.
The Olazabal family, proud owners and descendants of the founder, Antonia Adelaide Ferreira, are now writing a significant chapter for this iconic estate and the region. Since 1998, Winemaker Xito Olazabal is at pains to understand the vast pallet of grapes and terroirs he has within his estate, a passion reflected in the character of his wines.
Great experience, skill, and attention to detail are all key to getting the best out of the estate-grown grapes. Mono-culture vineyards, planted by soil type - alluvial, granite, and schist - are all fermented and aged seperately. The resultant wines are then blended together, with different proportions each year, to best represent the estates overall terroir and each vintage's character.
Quinta do Vale Meão have been making fantastic port for many years. They don't bottle everything they make straight away, and leave a proportion to age in their cellars. After many years of this investment, they now have sufficient reserves to draw from and create this wonderful 10 year old tawny port. What sets this tawny apart is that it has been aged at the Quinta, in the Douro Superior. This means it shows a very different developmental character to other tawny ports, most of which are aged in Vila Nova de Gaia, far cooler by the coast!
A blend of Touriga Franca, Touriga Naçional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca & Others