2011 Burmester Porto Colheita Tawny
This Burmester Colheita Port is a great vintage (2011) port in the tawny style that has aged for at least 7 years in oak barrels. The port has a vibrant red color with hints of brown. The brown color arises because the port comes into contact with oxygen during the aging in wooden barrels. Taste & discover the beautiful aromas of caramelized creme toffee, dried fruit and fine spicy notes. This port is fascinating, attractive, has a delicate texture and an almost endless finish. An excellent Colheita, with a good character due to the aging in wooden barrels.
To express all the finesse and sophistication of this port, it is best to drink it slightly chilled (between 14 and 16 °C). Goes very well with various desserts where the winemaker especially recommends these combinations: caramel desserts such as caramel fondant with apple and ginger jelly, tatin tart and dried fruit. The wine is best stored in a cool and dry place, protected from light and changes in temperature, and the bottle must remain upright. Over time, it makes sense for sediment to form at the bottom of a bottle of port wine. Once opened, we recommend drinking the port within 2 to 4 months.
The vineyards are located at an altitude of up to 600 meters and have a bottom of schist-like sandstone (greywacke), in some places interspersed with granite. The rows of vines are traditionally planted in horizontal terraces on the slope. More recently, vines have been planted vertically on the slope ("vinha ao alt"). The traditional Douro grape varieties are used for this port.
The family name 'Burmester' comes from the German word „Burgmeester“ (Mayor) - as the family came from the small town of Moelln in northern Germany. In 1730, Henry Burmester and John Nash established a grain business in London under the name Burmester & Nash. In 1750 the company moved to Vila Nova de Gaia and started shipping Port to the British Isles and the rest of Europe. The company was very active in London. The commercial and financial activities of the Burmester family were highly valued in London. For example, the most famous street in the Wimbledon district is the 'Burmester Road'.
The silence is only disturbed by a passing train. The river flows slowly between the rocky banks and produces a landscape that is extraordinary and stunningly beautiful. The Portuguese poet Miguel Torga described the Douro as "an abundance of nature". Burmester testifies to this. Schist and granite. Stone and dust. The stone 'olive lagar' (old press) is proof that the fertile land was already cultivated during the time of the Roman empire.
Burmester's estate belongs to the tough people who have cultivated it for centuries. The grape varieties grown here are the traditional varieties of the region. A compromise between nature and human intervention is continuously made here, particularly aimed at preserving the biodiversity of the vineyard. The harvest at Burmester is an event in itself. It starts early to avoid overripe grapes. The crushing of the grapes is done very carefully to maintain the purity of the fruit. The tannic structure is preserved - the tannins are there, but they are refined and elegant. The maturation phases are balanced, preferably in oak, with the aim of integrating, never taking out.
Burmester wines are characterized by fruity and balsamic notes, fine acidity and the necessary elegance to age gracefully. Like the place where the grapes are grown in the first place, located on the left bank of the Douro River, between S. João da Pesqueira and Vila Nova de Foz Côa in the famous Douro Superior sub-region, it benefits from a microclimate that its wines gives character. The vines are spread over 100 hectares of both traditional and modern terraces, stretching from the top of the hill (at an altitude of 300 meters) to the Douro River. The main grape varieties are Touriga Nacional (about 50%), Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Tinto Cão. There are also smaller plots of Tinta Barroca and Tinta Amarela.
|Type of Wine||Portwine|
|Drinking as of||2021|