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

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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