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, Classic Dry Manzanilla, Sherry

    Product Code: FER2NV

    Fernando de Castilla, Classic Dry Manzanilla, Sherry

    “Though fortified, this pale, dry wine has hardly more alcohol than a New World Chardonnay. It is definitely more versatile, whether as an aperitif or...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Spain
    • Region: Jerez
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 15%
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  • 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: 17%
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  • Domaine de la Pigeade, Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise, Half, 2015

    Product Code: PIG915

    Domaine de la Pigeade, Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise, Half, 2015

    “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: Rhône
    • 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, 2014

    Product Code: FON614

    Domaine Fontanel, Maury, 2014

    “From one plot of 60 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, Amontillado, Sherry

    Product Code: SRH2NV

    Sanchez Romate Hermanos, Amontillado, Sherry

    “Attractive dark amber colour.The nose is opulent and broad with big sweet crystallized almond notes. The palate is gently sweet, smooth, nutty, rich...”

    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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  • Sanchez Romate Hermanos, Palo Cortado Regente, Sherry

    Product Code: SRH3NV

    Sanchez Romate Hermanos, Palo Cortado Regente, Sherry

    “The rare Palo Cortado style of sherry starts initially aging under flor to become a fino or amontillado, but after losing that protective layer of...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Spain
    • Region: Jerez
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 20%
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  • Krohn, Port, LBV, 2011

    Product Code: KRO111

    Krohn, Port, LBV, 2011

    “A traditionally made example, bottled unfiltered four years after the vintage, offering rich plum and fruitcake character, smooth and accessible....”

    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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  • Sanchez Romate Hermanos, Marismeño Fino, Sherry

    Product Code: SRH5NV

    Sanchez Romate Hermanos, Marismeño Fino, Sherry

    “Sánchez Romate is one of the oldest bodegas in Spain - founded in 1781 - and one of the few that remains in family hands. This is their top dry...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Spain
    • Region: Jerez
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 15%
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  • Domaine du Traginer, Banyuls Grand Cru, 2006

    Product Code: TRG806

    Domaine du Traginer, Banyuls Grand Cru, 2006

    “The top of the quality pyramid in the appellation, Grand Cru Banyuls is made in exceptional years and must spend at least 30 months in oak. From 60%...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Roussillon
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 50cl
    • ABV: 17%
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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. From the hot summer of 2005, this is a single...”

    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

    “More information will be added shortly”

    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, 2007

    Product Code: FON907

    Fontanel, Rivesaltes Ambré, 2007

    “This younger vintage includes a little more Muscat, so is a little more floral and less sweet than usual. Colour of polished copper: and pure...”

    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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  • Lustau, Los Arcos, Dry Amontillado Sherry, Spain, NV

    Product Code: LUS6NV

    Lustau, Los Arcos, Dry Amontillado Sherry, Spain, NV

    “Lustau sherries offer wonderful quality at the price.”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Spain
    • Region: Jerez
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 18.5%
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