Cockburn's Special Reserve Porto, Portugal
First created in 1969, this Special Reserve Port is a combination of grace and youthful energy. Grapes are meticulously hand-selected from the Quinta dos Canais estate then tread in lagars as per tradition. The wine is aged in their own coopered barrels for longer than other Reserve Ports, lending them smoothness and elegance. Ripe fruit and vibrant with red and black berries, pepper and oak spice, it pairs well with hard cheeses and berry desserts.
In 1815, successful wine merchants and brothers Robert and John Cockburn established a branch of their Leith (near Edinburgh), Scotland business R & J Cockburn's in Oporto, Portugal. Later the name was changed to Cockburns & Co. with the same family running the business well into the 20th Century. The family grew to include some of the finest winemakers and Port tasters in the trade. Records from London auction houses show that Cockburn Ports commanded some of the highest prices of any Port house. The Symington family bought the business in 2006, and now Cockburns is part of their portfolio of port wines.