Fortified Wines

Fortified wines come in many styles: what unites them is the addition of distilled grape sprit (or brandy) to still wines to raise the alcohol level, usually to 15-20%.

The two best known styles are sherry and port, the former from Spain and the latter from Portugal, and we will always have a selection of both.

We have a particular focus on the wonderful Vins Doux Naturels of the south of France. These are made by stopping the fermentation of very ripe grapes, part way through its course, by the addition of alcohol (a process known as mutage); thereby preventing the yeasts from working, and leaving a fortified wine with plentiful natural grape sugar and anywhere between 15 and 17 degrees of alcohol. Muscat de Beaumes de Venise is perhaps the best known example. Rivesaltes VDNs are named after the town near Perpignan, but can be made over a relatively large area, either eponymously from Muscat or a wide range of other white grapes such as Grenache Blanc and Malvoisie. Certain styles are made from red grapes, usually Grenache Noir: two appellations are Maury in the Agly Valley west of Perpignan, and Banyuls, based on the port near the Spanish border.

We may also offer examples of fortified Muscat from Australia - a superb and historic style.

Ramos Pinto, Quinta de Ervamoira, 10 Year Old Tawny Port

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Ramos Pinto, Quinta de Ervamoira, 10 Year Old Tawny Port

Selected from one of the four farms that make up the Ramos Pinto estate and aged for ten years...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginPortugal

RegionDouro

ColourRed

ABV20%

Bottle75cl

CodeRAP1NV

GrapeTouriga Nacional

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Fernando de Castilla, Classic Dry Manzanilla, Sherry

100% Palomino Fino, aged for an average of three years under flor in Sanlucar de Barrameda: an...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSpain

RegionJerez

ColourWhite

ABV15%

Bottle75cl

CodeFER2NV

GrapePalomino

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Fernando de Castilla, Pedro Ximenez, Sherry

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Fernando de Castilla, Pedro Ximenez, Sherry

Brown, mellow tone. Enticingly fresh scent of figs and toffee. So pure - essence of dried...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSpain

RegionJerez

ColourWhite

ABV15%

Bottle75cl

CodeFER5NV

GrapePedro Ximenez

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Domaine Fontanel, Maury Grenat, 2017

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Domaine Fontanel, Maury Grenat, 2017

From one plot of 75 year old vines of Grenache Noir. This style is well-known for matching...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRoussillon

ColourRed

ABV16%

Bottle75cl

CodeFON617

GrapeGrenache

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Krohn, Quinta da Retiro Vintage Port, 2005

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Krohn, Quinta da Retiro Vintage Port, 2005

Since 2013 Krohn has been part of the Fladgate Partnership - alongside Taylor's, Fonseca...

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Light > Full

OriginPortugal

RegionDouro

ColourRed

ABV20%

Bottle75cl

CodeKRO605

GrapePort blend

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Krohn, Vintage Port, 2011

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Krohn, Vintage Port, 2011

One to lay down from a great port vintage. Dense, pruney and brooding. Now-2028

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginPortugal

RegionDouro

ColourRed

ABV20%

Bottle75cl

CodeKRO411

GrapeBlend

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Fontanel, Rivesaltes Ambre, 2011

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Fontanel, Rivesaltes Ambre, 2011

One of the most distinctive and exciting wines in our entire stock. From late-picked, 60...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionRoussillon

ColourWhite

ABV16%

Bottle75cl

CodeFON911

GrapeGrenache Blanc

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Krohn, Vintage Port, Portugal, 2009

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Krohn, Vintage Port, Portugal, 2009

Drinking very well; dense, pruney with cooked red fruit. Now-2026

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Light > Full

OriginPortugal

RegionDouro

ColourRed

ABV20%

Bottle75cl

CodeKRO409

GrapeBlend

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D'Oliveira 10 year Sweet, Madeira

From Tinta Negra, a dark, luscious, toffee-flavoured nectar - finishes with a flourish. Bring...

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Light > Full

OriginPortugal

RegionMadeira

ColourRed

ABV19%

Bottle75cl

CodeDOL10YS

GrapeTinto Negra mole

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Fernando de Castilla, Classic Fino

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Fernando de Castilla, Classic Fino

As the label calls it, classic fino: dry, nutty and lightly savoury. Now-2021

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSpain

RegionJerez

ColourWhite

ABV15%

Bottle75

CodeFER3NV

GrapePalomino

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Fernando de Castilla, Classic Amontillado

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Fernando de Castilla, Classic Amontillado

After three years under flor this fino was refortified and then had a further two years exposed...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSpain

RegionJerez

ColourWhite

ABV17%

Bottle75

CodeFER4NV

GrapePalomino

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HALF Grahams, Late Bottled Vintage Port, 2014

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HALF Grahams, Late Bottled Vintage Port, 2014

A blend of mainly Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca, plus Tinta Amarela and Tinta Barroca;...

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Light > Full

OriginPortugal

RegionPorto

ColourRed

ABV20%

Half Bottle37.5

CodeGRALBVH

GrapeTouriga Nacional

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