Osborne

Port 1985 Osborne

Vintage Port, Bottled 1988

Provenance: Winefields, 3/20/2016

Port 1985 Osborne (9893)
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Size 75 cl
Vintage 1985
Alcohol 20.0 %
Bottled 1988
Classification Vintage Port
Region Vila Nova de Gaia

Port

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.

Osborne

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.

Source: Vintageport.se

Osborne

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The Black Bull of the Osborne Wine Company is famous throughout Spain for its sherry and cognac. Their port is a lot less known. Since it was founded in 1772 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 the participation of Quinta do Noval, a company of great tradition and prestige in the Port wine sector. Osborne got its lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia in 1988, when Van Zeller left because of its move upstream. 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.

The Cima Corgo and the Douro Superior

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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 is an average-sized company, producing approximately one million bottles per year, 20 percent of which are among the leading categories. Osborne vintages are light and fruity and very supple.

Osborne Master of Port

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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. The company philosophy is that training is a way to get more familiarity in the right circles, especially with the help of the sellers. With this goal in mind, the company offers the Osborne Master of Port, a program in which wine waiters are trained all over the world, in collaboration with the Union de la Sommelerie and Champagne Tattinger. By training sellers, mainly when they work in restaurants, the sale of port, and thus also of Osborne products, can only increase.