Kopke Colheitas 1940 Tawny & White
VineThe rows of vines are traditionally planted across the slope in horizontal terraces. More recently vines have been planted up the slope (called “vinha ao alto”, meaning vertically planted).
SoilSchist-sandstone (greywacke), interspersed with granite in some places.
HeightUp to 600 metres
Grape VarietiesWhite: 50% Malvasia Fina, 25% Viosinho, 25% Códega
Tawny: 25% Touriga Nacional, 25% Tinta Roriz, 25% Touriga Franca, 25% Tinta Barroca
- Alcohol 20%
- pH White: 3.73; Tawny: 3.44
- Total Acidity White: 5.06g/dm; Tawny: 7.12 g/dm3
- Alcohol White: 134g/dm; Tawny: 173.00 g/dm3
Crafting wine experiences
EXCEPTIONAL WINES FROM THE WARTIME
The year is 1940, we are in the Douro valley, in the ancient Quinta de São Luiz,known for being one of the most luxurious and floral properties in the region.Kopke receives the honour of being officially declared the oldest Port wineHouse by the Trade Associations of Porto and Lisbon. These are times ofprofound instability due to the Second World War and the severe lossesincurred in the year’s poor harvest. A very wet winter followed by a dry andhot summer resulted in low yields, albeit of remarkable quality. With theharvest done and the baskets washed, the ensuing months will dictate thefuture of these Kopke wines. 1940 was a difficult year, but the quality of theberries suggested a long life for the wines of this harvest.
The wine should be stored in a cool and dry place, sheltered from light and temperature fluctuations, and the bottle should remain in an upright position. Over time, it is natural that sediment will form at the bottom of a bottle of Port wine. Once opened, it is recommended to be drunk within 2 - 6 months.
- VINIFICATION AND AGEING Get to know more about the process
- CONCEPT Find more about the history
- PAIRING How to pair it
Hand-picked at the optimum time, the grapes are then destemmed, crushed and converted into wine through a process of careful maceration to extract their colour, tannins and skin aromas, enhanced by constant churning during fermentation. This takes place in vats (lagares) until the right degree of sweetness (baumé) is achieved. At this point, grape brandy is added to create the final fortified wine. A wine of high quality, made from one single harvest. Aged in oak wood for 80 years.
On Earth, the cycle of Day and Night refers to the rise and the set of the Sun and the Moon. We wanted to celebrate that cycle with this special edition; a cycle that was repeated for eight decades, in 29.097 days and nights, and which resulted in the extraordinary quality of these two wines, preserved in oak wood. To symbolise this on the bottle, we have designed a highlighted half-moon around Kopke's seal, which represents the precious ageing of the wine in the barrel, bestowing the unique style of Kopke's Port wines, a crisp and refreshing acidity. The 1940 Tawny Colheita has black and white packaging representing the elegance of the moon. The 1940 White Colheita has white and bronze coloured packaging symbolising the golden rise and set of the sun.
White: Refreshed, it emerges when combined with hard cheeses and also with honey-roasted almonds, caramelised seafood and curry. Tawny: Best served slightly refreshed and paired with beef, caramelised onion with peanut shavings, caramelised pear combined with a cheese flavoured ice cream, dehydrated apricots and caramel-based desserts, nuts and spices.
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