If a fine Port is left to age for many years in oak casks it will gradually lose its original deep purple colour and take on the delicate amber hue know as Tawny.
Throughout the ageing process the wine gently breathes the air through the pores of the wood. The simple fruitiness of young wine gradually recedes giving way to a vast range of subtle, mellow aromas: spice, liquorice, walnut, vanilla, ripe jam fruit, and fine oak wood.
Its them, the wisdom and the long experience of the cellar master of Real Companhia Velha intervene to select among those fine Ports ageing for so long the suitable ones to integrate the 10 and 20 years Old Tawny blend.
In its capcity of artist... of creator, taking advantages of his prodigious memory the master tastes all the wines to assess their intrinsic characteristics.
All the experience and inspiration is required to foresse the present and the future devolepment of the Portos selected and to anticipate the touch that each individual one will provide to the blend.
There will be younger wine for vigour and freshness and older wine for complexity and breed.
The aroma and flavour characteristic are in hands of the master who strives to create a wine in accordance with the company's s tyle.
The Real Companhia Velha 10 and 20 Years Old Tawny is rich, mellow and smooth with a subtle fruity taste well integrated and balanced. As a result of a long and careful ageing in selected oak casks it has developed a remarkable velvety flavour.