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...

Style

Light > Full

OriginPortugal

RegionDouro

ColourRed

ABV20%

Bottle75cl

CodeRAP1NV

GrapeTouriga Nacional

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Fernando de Castilla, Classic Dry Manzanilla, Sherry

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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...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginSpain

RegionJerez

ColourWhite

ABV15%

Bottle75cl

CodeFER2NV

GrapePalomino

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Fernando de Castilla, Classic Dry Manzanilla, Sherry, Half Bottle

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Fernando de Castilla, Classic Dry Manzanilla, Sherry, Half Bottle

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

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginSpain

RegionJerez

ColourWhite

ABV15%

Bottle37.5cl

CodeFER6NV

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...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginSpain

RegionJerez

ColourWhite

ABV15%

Bottle75cl

CodeFER5NV

GrapePedro Ximenez

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Krohn, Port, Rio Torto Reserva, NV

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Krohn, Port, Rio Torto Reserva, NV

The small house of Krohn is perhaps better known for excellent colheita tawnies, but this...

Style

Light > Full

OriginPortugal

RegionDouro

ColourRed

ABV20%

Bottle75cl

CodeKRO2NV

GrapeTouriga Nacional

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Domaine Fontanel, Maury Grenat, 2019

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Domaine Fontanel, Maury Grenat, 2019

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

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRoussillon

ColourRed

ABV16%

Bottle75cl

CodeFON619

GrapeGrenache

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Krohn, Port, LBV, 2015

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Krohn, Port, LBV, 2015

Traditionally made; with rich plum and fruitcake character. May throw a deposit, so decant....

Style

Light > Full

OriginPortugal

RegionDouro

ColourRed

ABV20%

Bottle75cl

CodeKRO115

GrapeTouriga Nacional

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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...

Style

Light > Full

OriginPortugal

RegionDouro

ColourRed

ABV20%

Bottle75cl

CodeKRO605

GrapePort blend

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Krohn, Quinta da Retiro Vintage Port, 2004

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Krohn, Quinta da Retiro Vintage Port, 2004

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

Style

Light > Full

OriginPortugal

RegionDouro

ColourRed

ABV20%

Bottle75cl

CodeKRO604

GrapePort blend

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Krohn, Vintage Port, 2011

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

Style

Light > Full

OriginPortugal

RegionDouro

ColourRed

ABV20%

Bottle75cl

CodeKRO411

GrapeBlend

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Warre's, Vintage Port, Half Bottle, 2000

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Warre's, Vintage Port, Half Bottle, 2000

From the oldest English port house, a luscious and aromatic beauty. A treat for those...

Style

Light > Full

OriginPortugal

RegionDouro

ColourRed

ABV20%

Half Bottle37.5cl

CodeWAR100

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...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionRoussillon

ColourWhite

ABV16%

Bottle75cl

CodeFON911

GrapeGrenache Blanc

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