Kopke 10YO WHITE Port 375ml
"This is a half bottle of well-priced, fortified, intense deliciousness. The producer suggests it will last at least a couple of months once opened.
It would be very easy to sip this on its own, at just about any time of day or after a meal, or it would go well with most tangy hard cheeses (it was fantastic with parmesan). It's really too intense for any sort of aperitif.
White port without any ageing tends to be drunk rather inconsequentially, in port country typically mixed with tonic water as a long drink. Serious age-dated white ports such as the Kopke 10 Year Old have been permitted only since 2005 although vintage-dated colheitas were always allowed, and Kopke have a treasure trove of older white ports such as the 1935 that I tasted in London last year.
This 10 Year Old is a blend of Viosinho, Folgasão, Rabigato, Gouveio, Malvasia Fina, Cerceal and Arinto grapes from the steep slopes of the Douro Valley. The grapes are apparently treated 'as if they were red', with longer maceration and more extraction of tannins, colour and aroma from the skins than is usual for a white port in order to increase the wine's ageing potential. Unusually, the grape spirit used to fortify the wine is added in three or four stages – very different from the way a tawny is fortified - because this improves the integration of the alcohol without losing the aromatic complexity of the wine.