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Australian Fortified Wine - Tawny

October 21, 2012
Question by: Bradley (Mobile)

Q:

I have a bottle of Tawny Port that i recieved from my grandfather when he passed away back in 2005. On the label on the front of the bottle it says 'Second Australian 500cc Motorcycle Grand Prix September 16th 1990'. The bottle number is 0782. Was just enquiring some information on it please.

A:

Hi Bradley,  Just as sparkling wine made outside of Champagne, France, is not strictly "Champagne" so fortified wines made outside of the Douro region of Portugal are not strictly "Ports."   As makers of true Port here in Portugal, and not active in the secondary market for Port or any other wines, Symington Family Estates are not well placed to help you on this query.  We would suggest you contact a specialist wine merchant in your area who could advise you on the value and secondary market for this wine, or one of the auction houses which routinely handle fine wine, such as Bonham's, Christie's or Sotheby's, all of which have contacts in Australia and around the world.

In Australia it is very common for fortified wines to be bottled in commemorative editions for sporting events or sport clubs.  As a Tawny style of fortified wine, this would have been bottled ready for consumption, and would not benefit from extended ageing in bottle.  If this has been stored in a cool, dark place (see our guidelines for Storing Your Vintage Port for advice about good storage conditions for all fine wines) it may still be perfectly enjoyable.



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