Cockburn’s Special Reserve was originally introduced in 1969 as the first great Reserve Port, creating an entirely new Port category that was fundamental to the success of Port and the Douro over the following decades. Cockburn’s Special Reserve is a very fine wine selected for its richness and concentration, from the finest vineyards in the Upper Douro and matured in oak casks for four to five years. This longer wood ageing gives its fruity and full-bodied palate a distinctive dry finish, making Cockburn’s Special Reserve the benchmark for all Reserve Ports.
Garnet red colour. A youthful nose packed with rich and concentrated aromas of red fruits, predominantly red cherry and hints of plums and strawberry. On the palate sweet, well rounded, medium length and with luscious red berry flavours leading to a distinctive dry finish, balanced with fine wood-aged flavours.
Store and Serve Advices:
Serving temperature at 15ºC to 16 ºC
Special Reserve is delicious served at the end of a meal, for example with rich, nutty or chocolate desserts, as well as a cheese platter. Although usually served at room temperature, Reserve Ports are equally delicious when served lightly chilled in hot weather.
Reviews and Awards:
. 87 points in Wine Enthusiast Magazine;
. 84 points in Wine Spectator Magazine;
. 18 points in Decanter;
. Bronze medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2013;
. Silver medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2012;
. Silver medal International Wine & Spirit Competition 2012;
. Silver medal International Wine Challenge 2012;
. Bronze medal San Francisco International Wine Competition 2012;
. Gold medal The Dallas Wine Competition 2012;
. Silver medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2011;
. Silver medal International Wine Challenge 2011;
. Bronze medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2007;
. Bronze medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2006.