Churchill's Dry White Port 50cl
- Ripe, sweet and complex, the palate has very firm, crisp acidity.
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- Despite its thoroughly traditional-sounding name Churchill is the newest of the British-owned Port companies, founded in 1981 by Johnny Graham. As the name Â‘GrahamÂ’ would suggest, JohnnyÂ’s family has a background in the Port trade: his family owned Graham, one of the most well known of the Port houses which was sold to the Symingtons in 1970. Traditionally, Ports have been foot trodden in lagars, but this requires a large workforce. Typically, Port houses will recruit a team of pickers, usually from the same village. They come and stay in the Douro together and pick by day, then work the lagars at night. ItÂ’s a sociable practice, but one that harks back to a different era. At Churchill, everything is foot trodden. Â‘ItÂ’s expensive,Â’ says Johnny Graham. Â‘IÂ’m not sure how much longer we will be able to do it for. From a technical point of view, treading produces a better result than robotic lagars.Â’
Situated at 1,200 feet above sea level, the vineyards in the Pinhão valley are perfectly suited for the Malvasia Fina white port grape, providing it with all the necessary acidity and balance. This is a White Port that makes a statement. Full flavoured with a dry nutty finish, itÂ’s naturally rich, golden colour is the result of 10 years ageing in wood. The extent of extra ageing gives the white port a balance and smoothness which puts it firmly in a class of its own.
- Â‘Clear and bright orange-brown. Quite rich, nutty nose with hints of raisins. Off-dry, rich palate with nutty flavours and a long, fruit finish.Â’ Â– Decanter Â– July 1996
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