Grape Varietals: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca
Growing Region: Douro Valley, Portugal
Chief Winemaker: Carlos Alves

Established in 1913, Barros Port is one of the most respected wineries producing and exporting quality Port wines. Like most, they have vineyards and primary processing facilities in the Douro Valley and their ageing cellars are located in Vila Nova de Gaia. A great deal of their success comes from Old Tawnies - high quality wines matured in oak cask and vats. In June 2006, the ‘Sogevinus Group’ acquired the house of Barros Almeida.

 

Even though it has been owned by a large group - Barros has preserved its authenticity and respected its history and traditional winemaking. The hand-picked grapes undergo stalk-removal and crushing before fermentation, with careful skin maceration to extract the best characters. This process takes place in vats at controlled temperatures between 28-30°C, until reaching the desired alcohol and sugar level. The addition of grape spirit at the ideal moment sets the balance between the wines structure, flavour profile and aroma. This moment is chosen by Carlos following strict control of fermentation and intensity, the later depending on the varietal, maturation stage and the final sweetness required.
Over the years, outstanding wines are chosen for ageing in wooden casks, as this process concentrates their fruit and flavour - and then potentially selected for this Barros '20 Years Old' Tawny Port. Being carefully tasted, racked off lees and with any adjustments deemed necessary after tasting. The final blend results from a strict selection of wines aged between 18 and 22 years, masterfully combined to maintain the Barros '20 Years Old Tawnies' unique character, style and consistency. As Tawny Ports age, they grow lighter in colour, as they drop and deposit colour and primary fruit notes in the oak casks. The process of racking contributes to the oxidation process where the wine’s fruit qualities gradually fade and roast nut characters appear. Resulting is a distinctive baked-richness more reminiscent of butterscotch and nougat than ripe dark berries.
The colour has matured from a deep red-black through to glowing amber, producing a rare and delicious Tawny Port. Showcasing maturity, fruit and nuts harmoniously balanced. On the nose this Port reveals spices, honey, nuts and oak aromas. On the palate, this 20-year-old Port is both elegant and engaging, full of delicate layers, giving a complexity and richness of character, rather than berry intensity. The time in oak and the careful blending has resulted in an ever so pleasing and lingering silky smooth finish, which changes with each new sip.
This Barros ‘20 Years Old’ Tawny Port has 20% Alc. No need for decanting - Once open, it should be enjoyed within 2-3 months, and serve in an appropriate glass at 12-15°C. 

Barros 20 Years Old Tawny Port - showcasing maturity and delicate fruit and nuts harmoniously balanced.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly this winter season; and will mature well for another 8-10 years. 

FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
Perfect wine pairing rich fruit cakes, sticky-date puddings, nut and mild chocolate cakes and desserts, along with tiramisu, and aged varied blue cheeses - enjoy.