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Portuguese Wine

The production of Portuguese wines has a very long history, the trade with its biggest export market, England, having begun in the 12th. century. The development of the fortified wine known as Port began in the early18th century and although only accounting for 6% of total wine production in Portugal it has undoubtedly become its most well-known export. The name comes from Oporto (literal translation “the port”) the shipping centre located at the mouth of the River Douro along which the barrels of wine were transported from the terraced vineyards high above the Douro Valley prior to undergoing maturation and export. The Touriga Nacional grape variety is pre-eminent but many other, perhaps less highly-regarded, grape varieties add to the complexity of fine Port. The Douro became the world's first demarcated wine region in 1756*, complete with precisely defined borders, legislation and control, and is now a UNESCO world heritage site. But this is not the only fortified wine for which Portugal is famous, its island in the Atlantic, Madeira, also produces highly-prized wines of great quality.

traditional hand harvesting grapes in the DouroPortugal is a country that is ideal for making a wide range of wine styles – red, white, sparkling as well as the formerly ubiquitous and rather bland commercial rosé wines of the past. Wine regions such as Vinho Verde, Alentejo, Dão and Bairrada may not be household names but are nevertheless producing very good quality wines in a modern style with an individual character which are increasingly finding appreciative export markets. Portugal has a long Atlantic coastline, high mountain ranges and steep valleys as well as a diverse geology providing a range of soil types from granite, schist and slate, which is predominant in the northern part of the country and the interior as well as outcrops in the south, to a mix of limestone, sand and clays nearer the coastal regions. A good climate with sufficient rainfall allied to a large number of native grape varieties provided the raw materials for the new breed of winemakers to exploit following Portugal's democratisation and accession to the European Union.

The Cardinal's Cellar currently offers a range of fine vintage Port from the most prestigious houses and estates with some exceptionally good vintages including the sensational 1963 vintage.

* The wine producing regions of Chianti (1716) and Tokay (1737) were defined earlier, however, neither fulfilled the criteria of geographically prescribed limits nor the apparatus of legislative enforcement.

  1. Burmester, Vintage Porto, 1963

    Burmester, Vintage Porto, 1963

    Burmester produced a great Port from a truly fantastic vintage throughout the Douro. Traditionally made by treading the grapes.

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    Colour Port
    Grape Variety Port Blend
    Country Portugal

    Regular Price: £229.99

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    £179.99

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  2. Dow's Vintage Port, 1991

    Dow's Vintage Port, 1991

    Dow & Co. had a very successful vintage which was particularly firm when young, even for this company, with firm structure, moderately tough tannins and a wonderfully concentrated colour although it has matured wonderfully during its life..

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    Colour Port
    Grape Variety Port Blend
    Country Portugal

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  3. Ferreira, Vintage Port, 1963

    Ferreira, Vintage Port, 1963

    A superb, fully mature vintage Port, now tawny in colour, which is still drinking exceedingly well indeed.

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    Colour Port
    Grape Variety Port Blend
    Country Portugal

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  4. Fonseca-Guimaraens, Vintage Port, 2007

    Fonseca-Guimaraens, Vintage Port, 2007

    This is an excellent vintage Port with a long life ahead of it. Good one to lay down for the future.

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    Colour Port
    Grape Variety Port Blend
    Country Portugal

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  5. Graham's, Vintage Port, 1980

    Graham's, Vintage Port, 1980

    A classic rich Graham's vintage Port which is still quite opaque with some yellow on the rim. and displaying some mellowed tannins. Complex, mature palate.

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    Colour Port
    Grape Variety Port Blend
    Country Portugal

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  6. Niepoort, Vintage Port, 1983

    Niepoort, Vintage Port, 1983

    The Niepoort 1983 vintage port is still quite fresh and full of life. Very soft and elegant, the tannins have melted and left behind a port of wonderful complexity. The nose is just as lovely as the palate offering cherries, dark fruits, raspberries, chocolate and caramel.

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    Colour Port
    Grape Variety Port Blend
    Country Portugal

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  7. Niepoort, Vintage Port, 2005

    Niepoort, Vintage Port, 2005

    2005 was declared a vintage by Niepoort although many of the bigger port producers decided to release single quinta ports instead that year. A vintage port that merits an 18.5 score with Jancis Robinson, who confesses to rarely giving more than 18 points, is a very good port indeed. As it is very young, we would recommend giving it another 10 years or so before popping the cork.

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    Colour Port
    Grape Variety Port Blend
    Country Portugal

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  8. Quinta do Noval Vintage Port, 2003

    Quinta do Noval Vintage Port, 2003

    A wet winter followed by a perfect, hot summer in the Douro created ideal conditions to produce Port with near perfect balance.

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    Colour Port
    Grape Variety Port Blend
    Country Portugal

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  9. Quinta do Noval, Vintage Port, 2004

    Quinta do Noval, Vintage Port, 2004

    This powerful and tannic vintage Port has a long life ahead of it yet as it continues to evolve in bottle.

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    Colour Port
    Grape Variety Port Blend
    Country Portugal

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  10. Taylor Fladgate's Quinta de Vargellas, Vinha Velha, Vintage Port, 2004

    Taylor Fladgate's Quinta de Vargellas, Vinha Velha, Vintage Port, 2004

    An exceptional Port from the 2004 vintage available in limited quantities only. This port is a spectacular show-stopper. Plums and cherry fruit with violets, herbs and chocolate woven together in this rich and complex Port.

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    Colour Port
    Grape Variety Port Blend
    Country Portugal

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  11. Taylor Fladgate, Quinta da Terra Feita, Vintage Port, 2005 (1/2 Bottle)

    Taylor Fladgate, Quinta da Terra Feita, Vintage Port, 2005 (1/2 Bottle)

    An unashamedly hedonistic Port wine with a certain earthy quality making for a complex and satisfying after-dinner drink.

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    Colour Port
    Grape Variety Port Blend
    Country Portugal

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  12. Taylor Fladgate, Quinta de Vargellas, Vintage Port, 2004

    Taylor Fladgate, Quinta de Vargellas, Vintage Port, 2004

    Produced from the fruit of a single quinta or wine estate in the Douro. It is a rich, full-bodied Port with power and a rather dry character but which nevertheless is elegant and soft with flavours of chocolate and licorice.

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    Colour Port
    Grape Variety Port Blend
    Country Portugal

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  13. Taylor Fladgate, Quinta de Vargellas, Vintage Port, 2004 (1/2 Bottle)

    Taylor Fladgate, Quinta de Vargellas, Vintage Port, 2004 (1/2 Bottle)

    A half-bottle with a magnificent nose and a high degree of elegance and freshness on the palate.

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    Colour Port
    Grape Variety Port Blend
    Country Portugal

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  14. Taylor Fladgate, Quinta de Vargellas, Vintage Port, 2005, 1/2 Bottle

    Taylor Fladgate, Quinta de Vargellas, Vintage Port, 2005, 1/2 Bottle

    A fruit-forward Port with less power than is the norm from this estate. Elegance, richness and sweetness with a bountiful nose. Blackberry, dark cherry and plum combine with violets, herbs and spice.

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    Colour Port
    Grape Variety Port Blend
    Country Portugal

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  15. Taylor Fladgate, Vintage Port, 2000

    This is quite possibly the best Port produced in what was a very successful vintage in the Douro. Great concentration and intensity.

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    Colour Port
    Grape Variety Port Blend
    Country Portugal

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  16. Taylor Fladgate, Vintage Port, 2003

    Taylor Fladgate, Vintage Port, 2003

    A very hot year in the Douro which Taylor's coped with with ease to produce this stunning vintage Port. A great Port with a long life ahead of it.

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    Colour Port
    Grape Variety Port Blend
    Country Portugal

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  17. Cockburn's Vintage Port, 1970

    Cockburn's Vintage Port, 1970

    1970 was a classic Port vintage and this example is a more elegant wine than is usually the case for Cockburn's.

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    Colour Port
    Grape Variety Port Blend
    Country Portugal

    Out of stock

  18. Graham's Vintage Port, 1980 (Half Bottle)

    Graham's Vintage Port, 1980 (Half Bottle)

    Underrated in its somewhat callow youth this Port is now showing off its qualities in all their resplendence.

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    Colour Port
    Grape Variety Port Blend
    Country Portugal

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  19. Graham's Vintage Port, 1985

    Graham's Vintage Port, 1985

    Robert Parker describes this Graham's port as "the undisputed star and kingpin of the 1985 vintage ports" he goes on to say that it is "a fabulous wine because of a dazzling level of black-cherry fruit, an enormous structure, and staggering depth, dimension, and length." This is indeed an exceptional vintage and it is drinking incredibly well now.

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    Colour Port
    Grape Variety Port Blend
    Country Portugal

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  20. Graham's, Vintage Port, 1983

    Graham's, Vintage Port, 1983

    The 1983 Graham's vintage port has great depth and a palate of incredibly ripe, lavish fruit. Notes of plums come to the nose from the intense black-purple port and the palate carries smooth tannins leading to a fantastic finish. Viscous and ripe, this is a great vintage port which is drinking very well now.

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    Colour Port
    Grape Variety Port Blend
    Country Portugal

    Out of stock

  21. Moscatel de Setúbal, Jose Maria da Fonseca, 1900

    Moscatel de Setúbal, Jose Maria da Fonseca, 1900

    Moscatel de Setúbal is one of the world's great fortified sweet wines produced by Jose Maria da Fonseca from the Moscatel grape variety which is closely related to the better known Muscat grape of France.

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    Colour White Wine
    Grape Variety Moscatel
    Country Portugal

    £299.99

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  22. Niepoort, Vintage Port, 1970

    Niepoort, Vintage Port, 1970

    Niepoort Vintage Port 1970 is the sort of bottle that really makes an evening complete. It is an incredibly dark and dense vintage port with complexity and real elegance. Still dense in colour although showing yellow at the rim it is a very well-balanced vintage port with fat fruit and great concentration on the palate accompanying rich and sweet cherries, dried fruits, figs and raisins which dominate the nose along with hints of coffee and black tea.

    Details
    Colour Port
    Grape Variety Port Blend
    Country Portugal

    £10.00

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  23. Quinta do Noval, Vintage Port, 2000

    Quinta do Noval, Vintage Port, 2000

    A vintage Port with great depth and opacity with a licorice edge to the fruit profile. Tannins still very much in evidence, this was one of the best Port wines of the vintage .

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    Colour Port
    Grape Variety Port Blend
    Country Portugal

    Out of stock

  24. Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port, 1985

    Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port, 1985

    Smith Woodhouse's 1985 vintage port is beautifull mature, light ruby-cloured, full-bodied port with a fragrant nose of back cherries, prunes, raisins and dried figs.

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    Colour Port
    Grape Variety Port Blend
    Country Portugal

    Out of stock

  25. Taylor Fladgate, Quinta de Vargellas, Vintage Port, 2005

    Taylor Fladgate, Quinta de Vargellas, Vintage Port, 2005

    Single quinta Port combining elegance, richness and sweetness. Enjoy until 2030.

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    Colour Port
    Grape Variety Port Blend
    Country Portugal

    Out of stock

  26. Taylor Fladgate, Vintage Port, 2007

    Taylor Fladgate, Vintage Port, 2007

    Taylor Fladgate with its 2007 has proved once again why it is the exemplar of every vintage port declaration in Oporto. This vintage is wonderfully concentrated, complex, opulent and elegant with a mouth-filling, intense feel to it. Possessing a fantastic nose of spice, incense and blackberry alongside its floral notes, this wine is layered with great grip and will easily age for 25 to 50 years.

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    Colour Port
    Grape Variety Port Blend
    Country Portugal

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