Fortified

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 here at SVS 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.

Fortified

  • Fernando de Castilla, Pedro Ximenez, Sherry

    Product Code: FER5NV

    Fernando de Castilla, Pedro Ximenez, Sherry

    “Brown, mellow tone. Enticingly fresh scent of figs and toffee. So pure - essence of dried fruits - and refined; so not too treacly. Too good to pour...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Spain
    • Region: Jerez
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 15%
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  • HALF Domaine de la Pigeade, Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise, 2018

    Product Code: PIG918

    HALF Domaine de la Pigeade, Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise, 2018

    “Young perfectionist Thierry Vaute at Pigeade is now recognised as crafting one of the best Muscats de Beaumes-de-Venise. Though it has a healthy 110...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Rhone
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 37.5cl
    • ABV: 15%
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  • Krohn, Port, Rio Torto Reserva, NV

    Product Code: KRO2NV

    Krohn, Port, Rio Torto Reserva, NV

    “The small house of Krohn is perhaps better known for excellent colheita tawnies, but this superior Ruby struck us as great value. From the classic...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full, Sweet

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Portugal
    • Region: Douro
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 20%
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  • Domaine Fontanel, Maury Grenat, 2017

    Product Code: FON617

    Domaine Fontanel, Maury Grenat, 2017

    “From one plot of 75 year old vines of Grenache Noir. This style is well-known for matching chocolate, but it’s equally good with cheese, especially...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Roussillon
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 16%
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  • Sanchez Romate Hermanos, Cream, Sherry

    Product Code: SRH4NV

    Sanchez Romate Hermanos, Cream, Sherry

    “Plenty of life with mild nutty almond flavours; mildly salty but zippy to balance the sweetness. Now-2019”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Spain
    • Region: Jerez
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 17%
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  • Krohn, Port, LBV, 2012

    Product Code: KRO112

    Krohn, Port, LBV, 2012

    “Traditionally made; with rich plum and fruitcake character. May throw a deposit, so decant. Now-2022”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full, Sweet

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Portugal
    • Region: Douro
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 20%
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  • Krohn, Quinta da Retiro Vintage Port, 2005

    Product Code: KRO605

    Krohn, Quinta da Retiro Vintage Port, 2005

    “Since 2013 Krohn has been part of the Fladgate Partnership - alongside Taylor’s, Fonseca and Croft.”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Portugal
    • Region: Douro
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 20%
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  • Krohn, Vintage Port, 2011

    Product Code: KRO411

    Krohn, Vintage Port, 2011

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

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Portugal
    • Region: Douro
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 20%
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  • Fontanel, Rivesaltes Ambré, 2010

    Product Code: FON910

    Fontanel, Rivesaltes Ambré, 2010

    “This Vin Doux Naturel from Roussillon is one of the most distinctive and exciting wines in our entire stock. It’s made by stopping the fermentation...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Roussillon
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 16%
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  • Krohn, Vintage Port, Portugal, 2009

    Product Code: KRO409

    Krohn, Vintage Port, Portugal, 2009

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

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Portugal
    • Region: Douro
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 20%
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  • D’Oliveira 10 year Sweet, Madeira

    Product Code: DOL10YS

    D’Oliveira 10 year Sweet, Madeira

    “From Tinta Negra, a dark, luscious, toffee-flavoured nectar - finishes with a flourish. Bring on some fruit-cake. Now-2024”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Portugal
    • Region: Madeira
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 19%
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  • Tariquet, Bas-Armagnac, Folle Blanche 12 ans

    Product Code: TRRFOL

    Tariquet, Bas-Armagnac, Folle Blanche 12 ans

    “Folle Blanche, a grape local to Charente-Maritime, is one of the principal grapes for the production of Cognac and Armagnac. As a grape …”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Armagnac
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 70cl
    • ABV: 48.2%
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  • Fernando de Castilla, Classic Fino

    Product Code: FER3NV

    Fernando de Castilla, Classic Fino

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

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Light

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Spain
    • Region: Jerez
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75
    • ABV: 15%
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  • Fernando de Castilla, Classic Amontillado

    Product Code: FER4NV

    Fernando de Castilla, Classic Amontillado

    “After three years under flor this fino was refortified and then had a further two years exposed to the air to develop greater richness, complexity...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Spain
    • Region: Jerez
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75
    • ABV: 17%
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  • HALF Grahams, Late Bottled Vintage Port, 2014

    Product Code: GRALBVH

    HALF Grahams, Late Bottled Vintage Port, 2014

    “A blend of mainly Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca plus Sousão, Tinta Amarela and Tinta Barroca; sourced from Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos and...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Portugal
    • Region: Porto
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 37.5
    • ABV: 20%
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  • Grahams Late Bottled Vintage Port, 2014

    Product Code: GRA214

    Grahams Late Bottled Vintage Port, 2014

    “A blend of mainly Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca plus Sousão, Tinta Amarela and Tinta Barroca; sourced from Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos and...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Portugal
    • Region: Porto
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 20%
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  • Barbadillo, La Cilla, Pedro Ximenez, NV

    Product Code: BAR3NV

    Barbadillo, La Cilla, Pedro Ximenez, NV

    “From Las Pastores cellar in Sanlucar de Barrameda comes this superbly luscious PX, given at least five years oxidative ageing in American oak vats,...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Spain
    • Region: Jerez
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 17.5%
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