Country: Portugal Region: Alentejo
Varietal: Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca
Vintage: 2012 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Delaforce was founded in 1834, when John Fleurriet Delaforce was asked by his London employer to set up a new Port wine company for the partners of Martinez Gassinot. Delaforce rapidly became established as one of the leading Port wine companies developing its sales worldwide. Between 1894 and 1906 the company was distinguished with a warrant as supplier of Port wine to the Portuguese Royal Household. Today Delaforce is owned and run by Real Compania Velha, who have over 250 years of experience in the Port Wine Trade while still maintaining its individual identity and traditions. Uniquely for a Port brand, the wines will be available exclusively to independent retailers and the on-trade. The house style is distinguished by delicate fruit flavours, smooth texture, and early-maturing qualities, gaining recognition for its continuity and style. Delaforce has developed a reputation for its blending and ageing skills particularly noticeable in the company’s renowned aged tawny ports (His Eminence Choice 10 Year Old and Curious & Ancient 20 Year Old).
Over 30 classic Douro grape varieties can be used to make port but only a handful of the best are planted in the Delaforce vineyards, each contributing its unique character and flavour to the blend. These include the Touriga Francesa, Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz. The grapes are selected and harvested by hand in mid September and, in the case of the Delaforce vineyards, are placed in small trays which keep them in perfect condition during the transportation to the winery.
Ageing Potential: 2-5 Years
A lighter style of Douro red. On the nose floral, red berries and cherries which continue through to the palate. Excellent structure, velvety, round and well balanced.
Food Matches: Roast lamb, grilled or barbecued pork, pasta, cheese and pizza