Established in 1638 by Christiano Kopke and his son, Nicolau Kopke, the House of Kopke is the first and oldest port wine house.
Winery notes (2000 Vintage)
"Every wine tells a story. Kopke’s Colheitas, however, tell a unique story. To taste a wine is to taste history and, in the case of this 2000 Colheita, it means remembering a remarkable event like the celebration of the 500 years since the arrival of the Portuguese in Brazil.
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 aromas, enhanced by constant churning during fermentation. This takes place in vats (lagares) at a controlled temperature (between 28-30°C) 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. A Colheita wine matures in oak barrels for periods of time that can vary, but never less than 7 years. It is then bottled and sold according to the demands of the market.
Intense brown colour with brick-coloured hues. Rich and concentrated bouquet, laden with dried fruit aromas and a refined note of spice. In the mouth, it is smooth and velvety. It is harmoniously structured and closed. A long and delicate finish."