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Fonseca 20 Year Old Tawny Port
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- ABV 20%
- Closure: Cork
Fonseca was founded in 1822, when Manuel Pedro Guimaraens acquired control of the Fonseca & Monteiro Company through the purchase of the majority of the Fonseca holdings. As a condition of the sale of his shares to Guimaraens, the departing Fonseca stipulated that his name be retained with the brand.
For political reasons, not long after this purchase, Manoel Pedro Guimaraens was forced to flee Portugal hidden in an empty port wine barrel. He settled in England, where his company remained based until 1927, when the headquarters of the firm returned to Portugal. There remains a remarkable continuity of winemaking within this prestigious house, with Guimaraen's great-great-great grand son, David Guimaraens now responsible for the wines.
Semi translucent deep onion brown colour with onion brown olive green hue. The nose displays a superb refined old brandy spirit top note followed by rancio characters and complexing almond and hazelnut end notes. On the palate there’s flavours of dried raisins, Christmas cake and marzipan followed by some walnut and hazelnut characters with a strong rancio, old brandy spirit overlay. Dry finish with superb spirit integration and an exceptionally long nutty rancio, Christmas cake and marzipan aftertaste.
Drink now (2010)