New Wine box.
We have always provided a good value box of 12 drinking wines for £85. Full retail value is nearly £100
We have been asked to produce a slightly more expensive box at £100, the full retail value will be nearly £120. As in the previous box the ratio of red to white can be left for you to decide. Please phone or e-mail for further details
Vintage Port seems to attract the majority of the attention from wine writers and critics, yet the category only makes up 1-2% of all Port wine produced. They age well in the bottle, throwing a “crust” or sediment and may take decades to reach maturity. On the other hand, Tawny Ports which are aged in wood never seem to receive the same degree of recognition, yet they have several significant advantages over their bottle-aged brethren, especially for food-service applications.
First and foremost is their shelf life; a Tawny Port will drink well once open, far longer than any Vintage Port and that difference alone makes them very valuable for wine list placements by-the-glass and sitting on the shelves of a restaurant’s back bar. Secondly, tawnies do not require decanting to remove sediment which makes their pop-n-pour charm quite user-friendly for the bartenders and wait staff. Additionally, Tawny Port is one of the easiest pairings with a multitude of dessert dishes and therefore, should be an easy sell for the service staff. Last but not least, the wholesale pricing of most Tawny Ports is quite reasonable, making this category of Port a no-brainer.
First let’s define what a Tawny Port is and then we can examine some types of Tawny Port and get a much clearer picture of how they compare and contrast. Next we can discuss the proper way to serve and store these dessert wines and also explore what types of food pairings work best. Then I’ll offer up suggestions for some of my personal favourites and provide tasting notes as well.
What is a Tawny Port
Tawny Port is a sweet or medium-dry dessert wine made from red grapes grown in Northern Portugal’s Douro Valley, fortified with grape neutral spirit (brandy) and aged in wood casks. Prolonged wood aging is the key ingredient that differentiates Tawny Port from bottle-aged Ports such as LBV (Late Bottled Vintage) and Vintage Port. It is vital to start out with excellent grapes in order to withstand the rigors of extended wood-aging, maintaining fruit flavours and supple structure. Beyond having great grapes to work with, the success of a Tawny is very much dependent on the quality of the “mother blend” which is used to maintain a Port shipper’s “house style” when blending in the younger juice. As a Tawny Port oxidizes in cask, the colour of the wine slowly evolves from a purplish-ruby color to a lighter topaz-amber-brown.
Krohn specialise in Tawny ports and they have vintage tawny ports which they call Colheitas
Please find the following details.
Krohn Colheita 1996 (individual wooden box)
A stunning richly flavoured Colheita, drinking perfectly after over 15 years in barrel!
Deep brick red. A warm, rich, spicy nose, with aromas of plum cake, caramel and dates. The palate is generous with lots of rich, concentrated flavours, dried fruit, dates, raisins, nuts and plum. Stunning length and great balance.
Wiese & Krohn was founded in 1865 by two Norwegians – Theodor Wiese and Dankert Krohn. Long renowned for the quality of their sublime Colheitas (single vintage tawnies), they produce a remarkably complete range for a small house and each wine excels in its category. The Quinta do Retiro Novo estate in Sarzedinho, in the Rio Torto valley, is all A grade vineyard. Vinification takes place here, with some of the top wines still being trodden by foot. Since 2013 Krohn has been part of the Fladgate Partnership – alongside Taylor’s, Fonseca and Croft.
The traditional grape varieties (Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinta Barroca) are sourced from the Quinta do Retiro estate and neighbouring growers in the Rio Torto Valley. Here old vines are planted in schistous soils.
Fermentation in open granite tanks called ‘lagares’, where the grapes are trodden by foot. Fermentation is interrupted by the addition of grape spirit to preserve a certain degree of natural sweetness. All ageing is done in 547 litre oak barrels (the traditional ‘pipe’) and larger casks. The Port spends at least 15 years maturing in wood, before being bottled, unfiltered.
Match with creamy cheeses such as Brie, Camembert, or the Portuguese Serra.
“Intensity, power and finesse” “Rich, fleshy and warming, this is a lovely grippy style” “More complex and slightly sweet, this is attractive with its long length” Sommelier Wine Awards 2014, Judges Comments
Krohn Colheita 2004
A classic Krohn Colheita, smooth, complex and deliciously nutty – and a double Gold medal winner to boot!
Krohn are famous for their elegant tawny Colheitas. This follow on to the vintage 2000 is similar in style and a great alternative to LBV. Rich dried fruit and fig characters on the complex palate with notes of spice and balancing, fresh acidity.
A very wet winter was followed by good flowering conditions in May. Hot weather in June led into a variable July and August with significant rain – but by the end of August the weather had become dry and sunny, producing a ripe and healthy crop.The traditional grape varieties (Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinta Barroca) are sourced from the Quinta do Retiro estate and neighbouring growers in the Rio Torto Valley. Here old vines are planted in schistous soils.
Fermentation takes place in closed fermentation tanks in Quinta do Retiro Novo. Fermentation is interrupted by the addition of grape spirit to preserve a certain degree of natural sweetness. All ageing is done in 547 litre oak barrels (the traditional ‘pipe’) and larger casks, at Krohn’s cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia. The Port spends at least 10 years maturing in wood, before being bottled, unfiltered, to order.
Serve with semi-soft cheeses, crème brulée or an almond tart!
Quinta do Retiro Novo 2005
Dark, concentrated single Quinta Port.
Full-bodied and loaded with fruit, this single Quinta port has the concentration and depth of the hot 2005 vintage with dark black cherry flavours and a firm finish. The winter and spring were dry so flowering was good. The summer was hot so some vines suffered from the drought but showers in September allowed the grapes to mature and cool nights ensured some balancing acidity. Average yield of uneven quality but some excellent ports for early drinking.
Wiese & Krohn’s estate Quinta do Retiro Novo is located in Sarzedinho, a small village in the Rio Torto valley. Quality is determined by the grape varieties (Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinta Barroca)which have been planted in the Quinta, by the age of the vines, their method of training and the density of planting. All these factors are officially converted into points, the sum of which determines the final classification of the property. Here this sum exceeds 1200 points, ensuring it belongs to a select group of “Class A” properties.
During vinification, great importance is given to both modern technology balanced by traditional wine making methods. So old lagares (open granite tanks about 75 cm high) are still used to make the best Ports with traditional foot treading of the grapes without any mechanical crushing. Modern stainless steel lagares are also used where sophisticated robots simulate the human treading of the grapes.
Decant and serve with well-matured blue farmhouse cheese.2005 Vintage: ‘Green, blackcurrant-tea aromas. Lovely raspberry and blackberry fruit, firm tannins and a focused, youthful finish. Drink from 2017.’ (16 points) Decanter February 2009
Krohn Rio Torto Reserva
Concentrated and classy ‘premium Ruby’ – a great example of Reserve Port.
Deep red colour; opulent, rich plummy fruit with surprising depth of flavour, expressing pure, youthful and high quality fruit.
Grapes ( Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinta Barroca) are sourced from Krohn’s Quinta do Retiro Novo estate and neighbouring vineyards in the Rio Torto valley near Pinhao.
Fermentation is in temperature controlled stainless steel vats, which is interrupted by the addition of grape spirit to preserve a certain degree of natural sweetness. The Port is aged for 2 years in 547 litre oak barrels (the traditional ‘pipe’) and large vats. Bottled unfiltered.
This port was bottled unfiltered so may form a fine sediment. Best served after a meal with mature hard cheeses or cakes made from almonds, chestnuts, chocolate or red fruits.
NV: “With fresh acidity to balance the cherries and primary red fruit, this is bright, ripe and grippy, with a smattering of nuts on both nose and palate” Sommelier Wine Awards 2014, Judges Comments
NV: “Hints of dark chocolate, blackberry and blackcurrant. Good value and will evolve with time.” Decanter magazine, October 2012
NV: “Capsicum, strapping black fruits, spicy, tannic and long. Young, well made and concentrated.” Decanter World Wine Awards Judges Comments, Decanter magazine, October 2010
NV: Sommelier Wine Awards 2014 – Silver
NV: IWSC 2013 – Bronze
A very approachable style of white port.
An elegant sweet wine with notes of caramel, honey, and nut – all balanced by fresh acidity and leading to a long and appealing finish.
The grapes (Codega, Verdelho, Rabigato) are grown on the schistous soils of the Douro region.
Vinification is in closed fermentation tanks, which is interrupted through the addition of grape brandy to preserve a high degree of natural sweetness. The wine is then aged in wood in Wiese & Krohn’s cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia.
Drink chilled as an aperitif, or with fruity desserts.
NV: “‘Bright gold colour, with acetate and barley sugar notes on a good nose,’ began team leader Richard Bampfield MW, continuing: ‘Superb mid-palate. Complex, moreish and fantastic value.’ ‘Gorgeous,’ agreed Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering: ‘With almonds, or as an aperitif, maybe blue cheese…’” Sommelier Wine Awards 2015, Judges Comments
NV: “Distinctive freshness and tremendous value” “Amber in colour, it combines honey and almonds with notes of eucalyptus, herbs and pine resin. Whether it’s to partner foi gras, milk chocolate dessert or macaroons – or to be added into cocktails – it’s one not to miss” Sommelier Wine Awards 2014, Judges Comments
NV: Sommelier Wine Awards 2015 – Silver
Sommelier Wine Awards 2014 – Gold & Critics Choice
Wiese & Krohn was founded in 1865 by two young Norwegians, Theodor Wiese & Dankert Krohn.
At the beginning, it was a very small firm, based on the export of Port Wine to the Scandinavian markets and to Germany.
In 1880 Theodor Wiese decided to sell his share to Dankert Krohn – the Company was simply too small to be shared by two owners – but he went on working for W&K as a commercial agent in Norway. Due to his excellent work, sales were largely increased and the company entered a new period of economic progress.
On the death of Dankert Krohn in 1906 the business was continued by the widow and daughters of the founder, along with two employees, Gomes Figueiredo and Edmund Arnsby, the former a Portuguese bookkeeper and the latter a British manager. During this period, the firm extended its commercial activity to new markets, such as France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Gomes Figueiredo retired in 1921 when Edmund Arnsby acquired the share of the Krohn family and took as new partners his brother Frederick – an experienced Port taster who came from the House of Croft – and Edmundo Falcão Carneiro, a Portuguese export manager who had been working for the firm since 1910. Edmund Arnsby died in 1933 and his brother Frederick retired four years later. Edmundo Falcão Carneiro acquired their shares and thus gave origin to an entirely Portuguese owned Port company still going under the name of its two Norwegian founders.
Wiese & Krohn is now run by the third generation of the Falcão Carneiro family. Its stocks of Port reach over 5 million litres and are stored in six cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia and one cellar in the Douro Region.
The Company owns an estate called Quinta do Retiro Novo which is situated in one of the noblest parts of the Douro Demarcated Region – the Rio Torto valley. The Ports coming from this area are well known for their superior quality. Vintage, Late Bottled Vintage and Colheita Ports from our House are originated here.
Traditional suppliers to whom our Company has been buying their production of Port for a long time provide us with complementary volumes each year.
Export represents more than 90% of total sales and is mainly directed to Europe. In recent years, however, overseas markets have gained importance, Brazil and the USA being the two best examples of this new trend. Although other brands are being commercialised, Krohn is the most important name under which our Ports are known.
Undated Ports are a blend of several years. Some of them may show their age on the label (but not a year of production), after having been submitted to the approval of the Douro and Port Wine Institute and having got the right to bear their age. This is, for instance, the case of the 10 Years Old Port. The other undated Ports differ in colour (Tawny, Ruby, White), quality level (a Reserva Ruby is an example of a very good Port without date) and sugar content (sweet, dry). According to its characteristics, each Krohn’s Port is particularly recommendable for a certain context of consumption (before or after meals, with cheese or cake,…).
Ports with indication of the year of harvest have been produced in a single year. They are aged in different ways, depending on the category they belong:
- Vintage and Late Bottled Vintage