Fonseca 10 Year Old Tawny is a lovely rich orange colour with sparkly red highlights and an aroma of ripe fruit. It has a smooth, silky texture with fresh acidity and soft tannins, with a little oaky vanilla flavour: describex as “long, elegant, plumy finish”.
Every year, a few months after the Harvest, Fonseca set aside some very concentrated, powerful vintage quality red ports, selected primarily from the firm’s own quintas and judged according to their ageing potential.
As it matures in cask, Tawny Port gradually loses the deep red ‘ruby’ colour of youth and takes on the seductive amber hue known as ‘tawny’. At the same time the wine becomes progressively smoother and mellower, its aromas gaining in richness and complexity.
Ten years of wood ageing has given this wine its characteristic tawny colour and its elegant and complex nose full of rich ‘fruit cake’ flavours, delicate nuttiness and hints of spice and fine oak.