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As it matures in cask, Tawny Port gradually loses the deep red 'ruby' colour of youth and takes on the seductive amber hue known as 'tawny'. At the same time, the wine becomes progressively smoother and mellower, its aromas gaining in richness and complexity.
Intense, powerful and complex, this features heady aromas and flavours of toffee, marzipan, butterscotch and chocolate. Notes of mocha and French roast chime in as well, with a long, glorious finish of dried white fruits and spice - Wine Spectator.
Description of Fonseca 20 Years Tawny
Fonseca 20 Years Tawny (Tempranillo, Tinta Amarela, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Nacional, Port and Tinta Çao)
- View: Fonseca 20 Year Old Tawny is deep amber in colour with russet highlights.
- Nose: Its superb bouquet is a complex marriage of ripe, plummy, mature fruit, warm spicy overtones of cinnamon and butterscotch and subtle oak nuances.
- Mouth: Rich and complex, soft and sweet on the palate taste.
VINEYARD: Located in the Douro Valley, 70 km from the Atlantic coast and the border with Spain. Vineyards cover approximately 28,000 hectares.
GRAPES: Made exclusively with grapes from the Fonseca winery.
AGEING: In oak barrels.
PREPARATION: Every year during the month of January, the winery Fonseca select some of the best Port wines destined for long ageing. The colour of the wine over time tends to change, losing the first clear red hue from the grapes, before gradually turning more and more amber, before turning chestnut honey. White port, usually pale yellow when it is still young, eventually tends to darken and become yellow gold before turning brown.
PAIRINGS: It goes well with desserts, especially chocolate-based desserts, flan, figs, almonds and walnuts. Also enjoyable served cold in summer.
RECOMMENDED SERVING TEMPERATURE: 14-16 °C.
Fonseca Guimaraens, often simply called Fonseca, is one of the largest Port wine houses in Portugal. Manoel Pedro Gonçalves Guimaraens and his brother João Gonçalves Salgueiro, established the company in 1822 when they acquired control of the Fonseca and Monteiro Company from the Fonseca Family by purchase of the majority of Fonseca owned shares. A condition of the sale of Fonseca's shares was that the name Fonseca remain as the brand nameMore about the Winery