Grape Varietals: 30% Tinta Roriz, 30% Tinta Barroca, 20% Tinto Cão & 20% Touriga Franca
Growing Region: Douro Valley, Portugal
Chief Winemaker: Carlos Alves

Since its founding in 1913, Barros has developed into an outstanding brand with a respected pedigree and influence of the history of Port wine production. This has been confirmed by more than a few accolades; as a result of their dedicated winemaking team. In 2006 Barros Port became part of the Sogevinus Group, which has injected further resources and energy into the brand and resulting Port wines.

 

I have had the pleasure of visiting their stunning terraced vineyards located in the heart of the Douro Valley and have tasted a number of their outstanding Ports at their cellars and head office in Vila Nova de Gaia in Oporto.
A great deal of air-time and printed media is given to older, aged Ports, vintage and rarer styles of Ports. I thought it about time to talk about the unsung hero of Port - and one of the most approachable and versatile styles produced by Barros.
Harvesting is carried out by hand, due to the nature of vines, growing on steep, narrow stone terraces cut into the mountains lining the Douro River. The fruit travels only a short distance down to their pressing facilities - before the wine is later transported to Vila Nova de Gaia for ageing, blending and bottling.
The winemaking process is stopped during fermentation of the ‘must’ by adding grape brandy spirit which overwhelms the yeast and retains natural unfermented sugars in the wine, with an alcohol level of 20%. The fermentation takes place in stainless-steel vats with pellicle maceration at a temperature of 28ºC, until it reaches the desired Bé (Baumé degrees), and the addition of grape brandy. The finished Tawny Port wine is achieved by the blending of different matured wines with a minimum age of three years which have been developing in inox (stainless steel) vats and oak barrels.
As you pour 90mls of this Tawny Port into an appropriate sized glass, a brown colour with an intense reddish halo will fill your glass. Emanating from the glass you will be greeted by a delicious bouquet of ripe dark fruits, dried figs and plums, supported by an attractive character of wood and spices. Fresh and velvety on the palate, this Barros Tawny Port casually fills the palate and engages all the senses with sweet, warm, earthy characters.
This Barros Tawny Port has a balanced 20%Alc, and a residual sugar level of about 95g/L. Once opened, it should be stored in a cool, dark place and enjoyed within 12 weeks. The ideal serving temperature for a Tawny Port is between 12-14ºC. 

A moreish and versatile Tawny Port.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well now; and 'unopened’ will also age well for another 3-4 years. 

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect Port wine pairing with rich fruit-cake, hot and cold chocolate desserts, dried fruits & nuts and mild, creamy blue cheeses, enjoy.