Port 1985 Osborne
Vintage Port, Bottled 1988
Provenance: Winefields, 3/20/2016
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The early 1800s was a watershed era for the vintners of Portugal’s Douro Valley, On one hand, the grape harvest of 1820, after fermenting and aging for four years, presented connoisseurs with a wine of remarkable sweetness, with “plenty of crust and plenty of color…and a well-stained cork,” according to T.G. Shaw, who recorded his views in Wine, the Vine, and the Cellar (1863), The remarkable vintage established Portuguese wine as a favorite among the British.
Since it was founded by Thomas Osborne born in Exeter in the eighteenth century, Osborne has been trading sherry but has been in the Port Wine trade since 1967 initially with participation of Quinta do Noval, a company of great tradition and prestige in the Port wine sector. Osborne Portugal was the first step of Osborne in its politics of diversification. In the year of 1988, Osborne acquires the totality of Osborne Portugal and buys Quinta do Noval facilities in Vila Nova de Gaia. However, Osborne purchased the Port shipper Duff Gordon already in the 19th century but retained only the brand name.
Osborne Master of Port
In 1988 Osborne initiated collaboration between associations of sommeliers in France and various other countries, including Portugal, Belgium and the Netherlands, in order to establish the Osborne Master of Port, an award which would be given to the sommelier with the greatest knowledge of Port wines.
Thomas Osborne Mann
Thomas Osborne Mann, a young English merchant, arrived in the Cádiz region to sell wines from the area. He soon began to do business in el Puerto de Santa María, and this is where he acquired various wineries that he would later bring together under one brand: Osborne.
Its long and successful track record of almost 250 years, have made Osborne into the great business group that it is today, enjoying international fame and recognition with the birth of the Toro de Osborne in 1956 as an unprecedented hit. Its long and successful track record of almost 250 years, have made Osborne into the great business group that it is today, enjoying international fame and recognition with the birth of the Toro de Osborne in 1956 as an unprecedented hit.
The Cima Corgo and the Douro Superior
To date, Osborne Portugal is a trader, not a grower of grapes. They have their wine farm where they make almost two-thirds of the Port and buy the rest of the wine. All grapes come from the Cima Corgo and the Douro Superior. About 40 percent of the production comes from small farms, of which the grapes are repeatedly trampled in a lagar by barefoot participants to release their juices and begin fermentation rather than being crushed in a wine press or by another mechanized method.
Osborne Master of Port
In 1988 Osborne initiated collaboration between associations of sommeliers in France and various other countries, including Portugal, Belgium, and the Netherlands, to establish the Osborne Master of Port, which is an award given to the sommelier with the most considerable knowledge of Port wines. Osborne has also received the following awards during 2018 for the activities that it has developed, showing a clear commitment to the development of culture through the preservation of the family's patrimony. Gourmet Excellence Prize 2018; Health Festival Awards and the Hispania Nostra Prize.