Quinta do Pégo 10 years old tawny 2nd edition
We have been waiting far too long for this "second" edition of this particular port wine, which in the previous edition sold out far too quickly. The first edition was awarded ★★★★★★ by Flaskehalsen and 18/20 points in Oldenburgs Vinguide. The wine is made from grapes from the unique 2009 harvest, which had actually been approved as a Vintage Port. However, a small proportion was instead patiently stored in 600 liter oak barrels for a decade. Unlike other Tawnies, therefore, this is neither a blend of different vintages nor a blend of a Tawny character. This unique port wine is the pure "Tawny-like" expression of 2009 in the Douro, where Mother Earth was extremely generous to the wines. The port wine is produced by Rozès ’winemaker Manuel Henrique with sparring from South African Wouter Pienaar. The grapes for the port wine (Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão and Tinta Barroca) come from the old vines that existed on the fields of Quinta do Pégo when the current owner took over the farm. As some things get better with time, this port wine, which started as a wine with great concentration, structure and finesse, was stored in the quiet and dark cellar to slowly transform into this rare and prestigious Tawny Port. Such a transformation is possible thanks to the winemakers' knowledge, experience and management - they were patient enough to let the wine develop through the oxidizing aging process to this deep and complex harmony of aroma and elegance. The wine stands with a classic, brownish and transparent "Tawny color", while in the nuance it unfolds beautifully with intense aromas of raisins, nuts, brown sugar, tobacco, orange peel and leather. In the mouth, the fruit slips with both concentration and complexity over the tongue, while the acidity, the degree of sweetness and the structure in a distinguished way balance this unique port wine. Keep in mind that these Tawny types can easily hold up after opening.
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