Porto Cálem has achieved the status of a universal brand, with an extensive offering in all Port wine categories but above all Tawny. It is in the Arnozelo Wine Estate that Porto Cálem wines are born.
Situated on the south bank of the Douro River, this wine estate has an area of 300 hectares, 100 of which occupied by the best vineyards of the Douro Demarcated Region, classified with the letter “A”. The 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) on mainly Schistous-sandstone (greywacke) up to an elavation of 600m.
Cálem only bottles its Tawny Ports when an order is received therefore ensuring the freshness of that particular bottling. The bottling date is clearly visible on the back label.
30% Touriga Nacional, 30% Tinta Roriz, 30% Touriga Franca and 10% Tinta Barroca. 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 by blending wines of different harvests to achieve the array of sensory qualities that are typical of these aged tawny Port wines. These wines have each matured in oak casks for varied periods of time, with the average age of all the wines in the blend defining the age on the label. The resulting blend expresses the characteristics given by the ageing in wood.
Cálem 10 Year Old Tawny is a wine that reflects the art of the blending: a meticulous combination of wines aged in oak barrels, with a final average age of 10 years.
Attractive brown-tawny colour with topaz halo. Magnificent nose with a bouquet of dried fruits, wood notes and delicious hints of chocolate. In the taste reveals itself smooth and velvety. A wine of great intensity, revealer of a magnificent tannic strength and a sumptuous elegance. Long and delightful finish.