Tasting Pocas Very Old Tawny

Posted 9 May 2019

by Vintage Wine and Port

I had the pleasure of meeting Joao Monterio, European Sales Director for Pocas  at the fabulous Big Fortified Tasting event in London. Following our conversation, Joao very kindly gave me a test tube of liquid presented in a lovely wooden box wrapped carefully in tissue paper.  He rather proudly told me that it was around 100 years old  which makes it nearly as old as Pocas itself. 

 

Amazing dark dense liquid with a verdant green edge that reveals great age. After so many years the liquid has concentrated (tawny ports reduce in volume about 4% per year). On the nose the port is beautifully fragrant with notes of black pepper, spice ,molasses. There is no hiding from this one! On the pallet it has an amazing density, is full bodied and perfectly balanced between sweetness and acidity and alcohol - there is always something ethereal about drinking  a wine of this age. The finish is so long and refined that I swear that I can still taste it after 5 minutes!  What an amazing, delightful and generous gift!